Oct 212014
 
Review: Kitty Goes to Washington

In a refreshing twist on the usual super confident alpha heroine featured in most urban fantasy series, Kitty Norville is not any of those things yet. She wants to be, kind of, but is more of a wary, submissive shifter. This book saw a lot of growth in Kitty towards that confident personality. When she goes to Washington to testify at a Senate hearing, things seem to happening, good and bad, and just keep escalating. She has run ins with the local vampires, shifters, and even the government agency that is focus of the Senate hearing. With all that action, [...]

Oct 202014
 
Review: The Tudor Throne

I normally find Tudor stories to be very complex with drama, backstabbing, and endless amounts of intrigue. This book was much more subdued than most Tudor stories I’ve read, but it was still an enjoyable glimpse into Mary and Elizabeth’s lives. Both Mary and Elizabeth had alternating first person narratives over the same time period, which made it easy to contrast and compare the sisters. It was interesting to see how each of them perceived and reacted differently to the same events. It really highlighted how different from each other they were, and also lent a very believable air to [...]

Oct 192014
 
Week in review Oct 19

I was doing so well at being healthy this month. But my husband brought the sick with him when he came home last weekend from a trip away. He was seriously ill all week, and my son came home early from school on Wed and stayed home Thurs. It was only a matter of time. I stayed well until Thursday afternoon, when I started to get a sore throat and slight headache. It just got worse from there. Ugh, I hate being sick. Books read: Seeing The Light – A quirky ghost story that grew on me quickly. Penumbra – [...]

Oct 172014
 
Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet

Oh, Charley, how I adore your antics. You may be having a hard time coping with the events from the last book, but once things start happening, you have a knack for ending up right in the middle of things. Often with a quip on your lips and a solution brewing in your head. Similar to previous books, this one had several plotlines criss-crossing and intersecting, with Charley being the focal point. Everything builds to exciting resolutions, with several new threads being spun out to come into play in the next book. Charley’s main case in this story involves a [...]

Oct 162014
 
Review: Eastern Standard Tribe

While I found this first part of the story confusing because I really didn’t understand the tribe set up, the more of the book I read, the more I enjoyed it. The tribe set up is explained about halfway through, and it made a lot of sense. It would have been better if that explanation occurred earlier in the book, but the story wasn’t really about the time zone tribes. It was more about Art and mental health. One thing I really like about Doctorow books is that you can either read and enjoy the story at a shallow level, [...]

Oct 152014
 
Interview: Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Today I have an interview with Pamela Fagan Hutchins for her new book Going for Kona, which combines humor, romance, mystery, and magical realism. If you had to describe your book Twitter syle (140 characters or less), what would you say? Michele wants to burrow into bed when her husband is killed, but she must compete in the Kona Ironman Triathlon in his honor and keep her family from meeting his same fate. How does this book differ from your previous ones? Going for Kona has a much more powerful emotional impact than my previous romantic mysteries. My Katie & [...]

Oct 142014
 
Spooktacular Giveaway Hop 2014

Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. Hosted by I Am A Reader, this giveaway hop is my favourite one of the year. I’ve been participating for several years, and find it to be so much fun. Prize Any paranormal book of your choosing up to $15 from The Book Depository. Paranormal definition: It can be paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy – basically any ‘creature’ or ‘otherworldly’ book counts – vampires, werewolves, faeries, shape shifters, zombies, angels, demons, mermaids, dragons, witches/wizards/sorcerers, trolls, sirens, banshees, etc. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Open worldwide until Oct 31. a Rafflecopter giveaway Hop On Be [...]

Oct 132014
 
Review: The Gods of War

This is a military space story set primarily on Mars that reads like a good action movie. It’s quick and exciting, although very black and white and predictable. Action movie books can be tricky to write as you need to strike a delicate balance between simplicity and entertainment. This book rode that line well and resulted in an enjoyable story that didn’t require a lot of brain power to process. The characters in this story were really black and white. Either they were good or evil, there were no shades of grey. The hero, Captain James Collins, has most of [...]

Oct 122014
 
Week in review Oct 12

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and we’re having a quiet one. We hosted Thanksgiving last year, but aren’t doing anything this year. It’s been a quick and lovely year, and I’ve definitely thankful for that. Books read: Fade to Black – A unique magic story that did take a bit of time to get into. The slow start was worth the work though. A Local Habitation – While I only liked the first book, I quite loved this second book. Toby has horrible luck, and yet she’s such a likable heroine with good intentions that her adventures are [...]

Oct 112014
 
Review: The Husband's Secret

This was a book I heard so many good things about. So I was really disappointed not to love it more. I found it slightly repetitive, and rather boring. When my iPhone messed up and stopped playing the audiobook files, I realized I didn’t care enough about the story to try to fix it, and DNF’d instead. The story revolved around 3 women who seem completely disconnected in the beginning, but as the story progresses, their stories start to weave together. Of the three, I felt the most for Tess. Right in her first scene, her husband and best friend [...]