17. January 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance

Fallen too far by Abbi Glines, 300 pages, read by Melody, on 01/16/2015

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter.

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother.

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

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

Die for me by Karen Rose, 558 pages, read by Kim K, on 01/16/2015

COME TO ME

The first victim is found in a snow-covered Philadelphia field. Detective Vito Ciccotelli enlists the aid of archaeologist Sophie Johannsen to determine exactly what lies beneath the frozen ground. Despite years of unearthing things long buried, nothing can prepare Sophie for the matrix of graves dug with chilling precision. The victims buried there haunt her. But the empty graves terrify her-the killer isn’t done yet.

SCREAM FOR ME

He is cold and calculating, the master of a twisted game. Even with Vito and Sophie hot on his trail, he will not stop. One more empty grave must be filled, and one last scream must be heard-the scream of an archaeologist who is too close for comfort and too near to resist…

DIE FOR ME

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16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty) by Jeremy Greenberg, 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/13/2015

Letters from the feline of the house with accompanying photo of the cat writing the letter. I had read the dog letter book by this author, and most of the dog letters are addressed to Dear Pack Leader. The cat letters vary greatly in how they are addressed. Some examples are food provider and fur-less mommy. Funny snap shots of life with an indoor cat.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fairest, Vol. 4: Of Men and Mice by Marc Andreyko, 144 pages, read by Brian, on 01/15/2015

fairiestLook who’s back.  Cinderella!  Cin, must stop a terrible plot to destroy Fabletown.  If she can figure out what the plot might be.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (Serenity #4) by Zack Whedon, 152 pages, read by brian, on 01/13/2015

serenity4This installment of Serenity takes place right after the movie, Good Storyline and great characters..Good read.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Paranormal, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Never Never by Colleeen Hoover, 140 pages, read by Jessica, on 01/16/2015

9110wGT9g8L._SL1500_“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”
   
Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk.  They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen.
But as of this morning…they are complete strangers.
Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished.
“I don’t care what our real first kiss was,” he says. “That’s the one I want to remember.” 
 
Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why.  But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.
“I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone.  I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”
 
Never Never: A Novella Series, Part One.
16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Better Days and Other Stories (Serenity #2) by Joss Whedon, 126 pages, read by brian, on 01/13/2015

serenity2In this story of Firefly, the crew sets out to take job the promises a huge payout but a crew member is captured and changes which changes the whole mission.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Serenity: Those Left Behind (Serenity #1) by Joss Whedon, 96 pages, read by Brian, on 01/12/2015

serenityFor fans of the short lived Firefly tv show and the movie Serenity, this graphic novel is fun gives us a lovely memory the original show.  I love reading about the misfits on Firefly and how they travelled the galaxy looking for loot and running into adventure at every stop.

 

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg, 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/11/2015

sorry i pooped This is a funny collection of 50 letters from man’s best friend, his dog. Each letter is accompanied by a photo of the dog “writing” the letter. Whether the letter is an apology, an explanation of what human’s think are weird habits of dogs or just a suggestion of dogs and people can cohabit better together, all are relate-able to anyone who has ever had a dog. The letters over insight into your dog’s point of view as well as human nature.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: War Cry Collection (Jim Butcher's Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, 136 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/12/2015

war cry  A new story in the Dresden Files that was not previously told in one of the novels in the series. This graphic novel collection tells the story of Dresden as a Warden during the war with the Red Court and a pivotal assignment that he and his young green recruits receive. Introduces some background for these future wardens that appear in the novels and their relationship to our hero, Harry.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin , 260 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/10/2015

storied life A heart-touching story about a curmudgeon who owns a bookstore on a small island. His wife has died (she was the people person)and the bookstore is experiencing its worst financial year ever. On his own, he’s not sure if he and the bookstore will make it. Does he even want to? Especially after his favorite, most valuable book is stolen. But then a special package arrives and his life will never be the same. Sections of the bookseller’s life are related to books or passages in books that have helped him throughout his life. Illustrates how literature can influence your everyday life and how love can change everything.

15. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction · Tags:

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, 380 pages, read by Angie, on 01/14/2015

Willow Chance is a special girl; she is interested in plants and medical diagnosis; she is an undiscovered genius. Willow has just started middle school when she aces a standardized test and is accused of cheating. This sends her to Dell Duke, incompetent counselor, and allows her to meet her only friend Mai, whose brother Quang-ha sees Dell as well. These are the people around her when her world is destroyed. Her adoptive parents are killed in a car crash. Suddenly Willow is alone in the world with no family and no place to go. Mai takes charge and convinces her mother to allow Willow to stay with them, pretending she is a family friend even though they have never met. Mai’s mother Pattie is from Vietnam and operates a nail salon. The family lives in a one room garage behind the salon, which would definitely not pass a social services inspection. So Pattie convinces Dell to let them pretend to live in his apartment. She takes charge and transforms it into a home. Before you know it Willow, Mai, Pattie, Quang-ha and Dell are like a real family. Willow slowly comes out of her grief as the family comes together, but will she be able to stay with her new family or will the state take her away and destroy all she has known again?

This is one of those books that will break your heart. Willow’s grief on losing her parents is real and visceral. You can feel and understand her pain as she shuts completely down. Willow is also very strange; her interests are strange; she doesn’t interact with people in what is considered a normal way; she doesn’t fit in. But she fits with this new group of people and she brings them together as a family.

After reading this book for the second time I am still torn about my feelings for it. On one hand I really love the how Willow is able to build a family after tragedy. On the other there are several things that really bothered me about the book. First is the fact that Willow is not forced to go to school for months. Her case worker, the school district, Pattie, Dell, none of them make her go to school. She tells them she isn’t ready and they drop it just like that. She is supposed to be homeschooling during this time, but no one checks on that either. Second is the fact that Dell is completely incompetent as a counselor and yet is given all the tough cases to deal with. He doesn’t even attempt to help these kids and who knows what becomes of all the others besides Willow and Quang-ha. Third is the fact that Willow is immediately suspected of cheating on the standardized test she aces even though she has tested as gifted in the past. There is no retesting or attempts to figure out if she is just truly genius. She is just labeled a cheater and sent to counseling. This seemed off to me. Fourth is the fact that Willow’s house and the parents’ estate is never mentioned. Just because someone dies doesn’t mean the bills stop. Who is taking care of that? At some point you assume the house will be sold, but surely Willow will be consulted. I just really wanted to know what happened to that house and the garden that Willow so loved. I thought it was wrong that she completely abandoned it even after she started coming out of her grief. The last thing is the ending…it is way too Disney-perfect. The entire time I was reading it I assumed Pattie would somehow get custody of Willow. There was no way the book was going to end with her losing her family again. However, at the end Pattie somehow ends up being rich; rich enough to buy an apartment building in California. Seems she was forcing her family to live in the garage so she could save up some cash. Really!!???! She always came across as a hard-working mom trying to build up her business and keep her family going. Plus she makes Dell pay for everything! The bonus of this is one is Pattie’s romance with Jairo which also seems to come out of left field. Suddenly there is a built-in wealthy family for Willow to become a part of. I still really like this book and will recommend it, but I wish the ending wouldn’t have been so perfect. Willow could have still been adopted by Pattie even if she wasn’t wealthy right?

15. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Love In Spanish by Karina Halle, 290 pages, read by Jessica, on 01/15/2015

91UPq077-tL._SL1500_Successful, wealthy and absurdly handsome – Spanish ex-football player Mateo Casalles seemed like he had it all. A high-society wife, an adorable little girl, and flashy apartments in Madrid and Barcelona only sweetened the deal. But there was more to Mateo than met the eye – a life of uncertainty and regret that colored his black and white world.

That was until Vera Miles came into his life like a shooting star. Tattooed, wild and young, Vera seemed like Mateo’s polar opposite at first. But you can’t choose who you fall in love with and the two lost souls did everything they could to be together, all while suffering the grave consequences.

Now with Mateo divorced and living in Madrid with Vera, there is a whole new set of challenges and setbacks facing the couple and rocking the foundation of their star-crossed relationship.

Unfortunately for them, the brighter the star, the faster they burn.

14. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kira, Mystery, Paranormal · Tags:

Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell, 336 pages, read by Kira, on 01/13/2015

B1050_HexesHemlines-137x137 imagesAnother enjoyable mystery by Juliet Blackwell.  Minor peeve, I wish that the main character, the witch Lily would NOT have so easily dismissed the danger happening to  various characters.  Sometimes there’s a fine line between courageous and foolhardy.  The mystery was Not crafted as well as the first book.  I did like the continuing background information on Lily’s childhood though.  Not as good as the first title in the series.  I hope to see more of Beowulf, the cat.

14. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Humor, Memoirs, Noelle, NonFiction

Yes Please by Amy Poehler, 329 pages, read by Noelle, on 01/08/2015

In a perfect world . . .

We’d get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we’d all be friends with Amy—someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn’t ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as a producer and director, place as one of the most beloved SNL alumni and cofounder of the Upright Citizens’ Brigade, involvement with the website Smart Girls at the Party, frequent turns as acting double for Meryl Streep, and her other gig as the mom of two young sons, she’s not available for movie night.

Luckily we have the next best thing: Yes Please, Amy’s hilarious and candid book. A collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers, Yes Please offers Amy’s thoughts on everything from her “too safe” childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and “the biz,” the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a “face for wigs.” Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.

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14. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Kim B, Mystery

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, 560 pages, read by Kim B, on 01/05/2015

gone-girl-book-cover-med2-23664_186x186Gone Girl was a cleverly written book and very hard to put down once I began reading it. Flynn made you believe in the husband’s guilt almost from the start until she did an about-face with both her characters. I have to say that I wish the ending were slightly different. I did not like either one of the main characters after I finished reading and felt they deserved one another. I sympathized with the poor baby yet to be born having two such parents. Yet, perhaps our dislike of the characters at the end of their story is what the author intended.

 

14. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim B · Tags:

The Moon Flower Vine by Jetta Carleton, 318 pages, read by Kim B, on 01/12/2015

I greatly enjoyed this book especially as I had made a recent trip to this part of Missouri last summer. Jetta Carleton captures the essence of a Missouri family in early twentieth century as they go through the trials and hardships of a life many mid-westerners will be familiar with. The book is fast paced and can be easily read in just a couple of days. Once I got started I didn’t want to put the down.

14. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance

Ugly love by Colleen Hoover, 337 pages, read by Melody, on 01/13/2015

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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13. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Lisa, Mystery, Paranormal

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein , 416 pages, read by Lisa, on 01/12/2015

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant, whole trees, and is set on a huge estate overlooking Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch Grandpa Samuel—who is flickering in and out of dementia—to a graduated living facility, sell off the house and property for development into “tract housing for millionaires,” divide up the profits, and live happily ever after.

But Trevor soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own. For while the land holds tremendous value, it is also burdened by the final wishes of the family patriarch, Elijah, who mandated it be allowed to return to untamed forestland as a penance for the millions of trees harvested over the decades by the Riddell Timber company. The ghost will not rest until Elijah’s wish is fulfilled, and Trevor’s willingness to face the past holds the key to his family’s future.

A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all.

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13. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Love In English by Karina Halle, 456 pages, read by Jessica, on 01/13/2015

91UWtS5xPvL._SL1500_He’s thirty-eight. I’m twenty-three.

He speaks Spanish. I speak English.

He lives in Spain. I live in Canada.

He dresses in thousand-dollar suits. I’m covered in tattoos.

He’s married and has a five-year old daughter.

I’m single and can’t commit to anyone or anything.

Until now.Because when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the damn truth.

***

To a restless dreamer like Vera Miles, it sounded like the experience of a lifetime. Instead of spending her summer interning for her astronomy major, she would fly to Spain where she’d spend a few weeks teaching conversational English to businessmen and women, all while enjoying free room and board at an isolated resort. But while Vera expected to get a tan, meet new people and stuff herself with wine and paella, she never expected to fall in love.

Mateo Casalles is unlike anyone Vera has ever known, let alone anyone she’s usually attracted to. While Vera is a pierced and tatted free spirit with a love for music and freedom, Mateo is a successful businessman from Madrid, all sharp suits and cocky Spanish charm. Yet, as the weeks go on, the two grow increasingly close and their relationship changes from purely platonic to something…more.

Something that makes Vera feel alive for the first time.

Something that can never, ever be.

Or so she thinks.