Friday, May 19, 2017

The Battlemage by Taran Matharu

The Battlemage (The Summoner, #3)

Book three in the Summoner trilogy (though the end of the book teases a fourth book that is set prior to the events of the previous three that will come out next year). After waiting what felt like forever for this book it did not disappoint giving me lots of action, magic, and intigue. Book two ended with the group escaping into the ether which could be the death of them. This book starts with their survival until they finally find a portal to return and then the events that lead up to them saving the world from the attacking demons. Ignatius may have been my favorite character as he grew and helped Fletcher along the way as well as with his final battle with Khan. It was a great ending to the trilogy though I am happy to know more books are coming later as this author has a very addicting writing style. I give it 4/5stars.

A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts

A Reference to Murder

*Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book two in the Book Barn Mystery series. After the events of the first book Charli decided to stay in her hometown and help her daddy run the bookstore known as the Book Barn Princess. A yearly rodeo event is gearing up to happen which brings lots of new people to the area. When a bull rider comes up missing Charli's friend Scarlett is thought to be involved which makes Charli have to investigate what really happened much to Mateo's dismay and Cade's too for that matter. No matter how many times she is scared to back off Charli just does not know when to quit though she does flush out the murderer before it is all said and done. I have to admit the very end had me laughing so hard my stomach muscles hurt for a good hour. I give it 4/5 stars.

Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts

Fatal Fiction (A Book Barn Mystery)

Book one in the Book Barn Mystery series. Charli comes home after being gone for the last twelve years only to sign the paperwork for the sale of the family business called the Book Barn Princess. She walks in the door only to find her fathers new fiance murdered and him no where to be found. While trying to deal with the emotions and issues from the past that come up upon her return she also finds herself trying to solve the murder to clear her fathers name. The male dynamics in this book had me giggling and Charli sure is an interesting character that I fell in love with before the last page. The addition of a pet pink armadillo named Princess was just the icing on the cake. I great start to a new cozy mystery series. I give it 4/5 stars.

Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews

Ill-Gotten Panes (Stained-Glass, #1)

Book one of the Stained-Glass series. After a scandal Georgia is forced to move back in with her grandfather after losing both her job and her fiance. The owner of the hardware store is murdered and her grandfather is the prime suspect which of course leads her to attempt to solve the case in order to clear his name. The addition of the tiny white kitten was just a bonus that i really enjoyed. Her glass work along the way was really amazing and I found myself wishing it was worked into the story a little more but even so it was still a good story with natural progression. Great for cozy mystery fans. I give it 4/5 stars.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi

Death and Night (The Star-Touched Queen #0.5)

 *Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book 0.5 in the Star-Touched Queen series. To be honest this story is more of a background story type of book as the two main characters are immortals not the actual characters from the series. It is still an epic love story in its own right though and I admit that I rather enjoyed it. This author has a very vivid writing style that brings to creation some very interesting scenes throughout the course of the book plus it does provide a little insight into the background for the main series itself. Overall a very good novella and I give it 4/5 stars.

Monday, May 15, 2017

The Black Book by James Patterson

The Black Book

This book was sure different. We are following the past and present life of a cop known as Billy Harney. Billy finds himself wrapped up in IA investigation which puts his butt on the line before it is all said and done. He is even shot and accused of murdering both an ADA and his partner, but suffering from memory loss Billy has no idea what really happened to him or why. He tries every trick in the book to get his memory back until a fluke event closer to the end jolts it all back for him. The real culprits came as a complete surprise to me as it also did to the characters in the book. A well written fast paced book that has an interesting murder case wrapped up with dirty cops as well. I really liked it so it gets 4/5 stars.

No Charm Intended by Mollie Cox Bryan

No Charm Intended

*Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book two in the Cora's Crafts Mystery series. After really enjoying book one I was looking forward to this installment, and I was not disappointed. This time they are gearing up for the back to nature retreat discussed in the last book where they use items found outside in their crafts. On the first day Jane's nanny comes up missing and shortly thereafter one of the nannies friends is found murdered. Of course Cora and Jane have to investigate and Cora at least finds herself in danger before it is all said and done. There is lots of action, movement, and details involved with this story. I have to admit that I did not see the end of this one coming. I love a good surprise so this one gets 4/5 stars.

Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier

Just Dreaming (The Silver Trilogy, #3)

The third and final book in the Silver trilogy or as I call it the Dream trilogy. I have been waiting for this book to come out since book two was published. In this trilogy the group of main characters have the ability to find the dream corridor in their sleep which if certain things are done can allow them access to the dreams of anyone as long as they can figure out which door is theirs. Their ex-friend Arthur and his ex Annabelle are racing each other to see which one can be the villain until the dramatic conclusion which enlightens them all. There is plenty of suspense, drama, and details to fuel the story keeping the reader hooked until the very last page. I give it 4/5 stars. Now I wonder what this author will create next...

Death Among the Doilies Mollie Cox Bryan

Death Among the Doilies (Cora Crafts Mystery #1)

Book one in the Cora Craft's Mystery series. Meet Cora and her best friend Jane as they start their dream of running a craft retreat business. It is kind of similar to a B&B that also offers crafting classes and activities. The detail that the author goes into describing all of the little details shows her true love of crafting all in itself. Both women turned to this dream to escape awful and stressful pasts and when Jane finds herself as a murder suspect when the local school librarian turns up dead this brief respite comes to an end. Cora has a helping personality so she finds herself trying to solve the case to clear her friend. Wonderful development and excellent writing. I give it 4/5 stars.

A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake

A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery, #2)

Book two in the Wishcraft Mystery series. I have to admit these are the cutest little books. In this book Darcy finds herself investigating the murder of a woman was killed quite some time ago with Darcy just finding her body recently. Of course her wishing powers seem to keep getting her into these predicaments and adding the power of a relic known as the Anicula which can grant any wish from anyone does not help at all. The world that is created in these books is quite whimsical and I find myself loving every detail that is mentioned. The characters are also easy to love and I find myself really looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I give it 4/5 stars.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Scarlett has grown up sheltered on an island hearing stories of a magical performance known as Caraval that occurs once a year where if you win as your dreams can come true. Shortly before her arranged marriage is to occur she actually receives tickets to attend though her sister has to trick her to get her there. Once there she is told to remember that everything is a performance and she should not believe what she is told. Of course this does not stop her at all and the whirlwind that follows is quite interesting to say the least. I felt there was quite a bit of room for improvement though because the premise leaves the door open for all kinds of things that could happen yet none seem to be delivered. I felt mildly disappointed as I read the book and felt that it was drawn out a little much in different spots when it shouldn't have been. I can only give 3/5 stars because I wanted to like it so much more than I actually did.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg

Joyful Trouble: Based on the True Story of a Dog Enlisted in the Royal Navy

*Received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells the story of the dog named Joyful Trouble who was actually enlisted in the Navy during the second world war. The story is told from the point of view of a grandfather that took care of the dog telling the story to his two young grand kids. Perfect for small children and the details are amazing making the reader fall head over heals for the dog. The story is well written and I fell in love with "Trouble" before the story was all said and done. The perfect book to introduce kids to a different side of the military that they may not have known before. I give it 4/5 stars.

16th Seduction by James Patterson

16th Seduction (Women's Murder Club, #16)

Book sixteen in the Women's Murder Club series. Lindsay and Joe are still separated but are trying to make things work. On date night they just happen to be close to where a huge explosion happens and Joe is very wounded during the aftermath. Lindsay finds herself involved in a court battle as the man accused tries to set her up. Of course Lindsay and her lady friends are able to figure it all out just in the nick of time like these books always do. I liked the progression and am still hooked to the characters. I give it 4/5 stars.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Bad to the Bone by Linda O. Johnston

Bad to the Bone

*Received free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book three in the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series though I was unaware of that fact until I was about half way through it. The several references to the events of the previous two books just reminded me why I never read books in a series out of order. Oh well guess it could be worse though now I fully intend to catch up with the previous two to see what all I missed. For this one Carrie finds herself involved in solving a murder in order to help a couple of friends of hers though she is not actually a suspect in the women's murder herself. Family and friends beg her not to intervene but she just cannot seem to help herself. She has an interesting way of solving things and I loved the addition of all the animals along the way. This is a great cozy mystery and I really look forward to reading the previous books as well as any new ones that come out. It gets 4/5 stars.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Camp-Half Blood Confidential by Rick Riordan

Camp-Half Blood Confidential

A companion book to the Trials of Apollo series though it can also be linked to the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. This book is Percy's take on the camp that is the center of all three of these series though it does mention events that happen in the first two in passing. Percy cracks me up with his comments and helpful insights along the way. This is an interesting addition to the series that offers a few more details than what may be in the books themselves. Definitely worth reading for fans of Riordan's work. I give it 4/5 stars.

Golden Prey by John Sandford

Golden Prey (Lucas Davenport, #27)

Book 27 in the Lucas Davenport series and yes I have read every single one of them. I have to admit that Lucas is very good at hunting bad guys no matter which agency he happens to be working for. He has amassed quite a bit of political clout by this point and has officially been hired by the United States Marshall service meaning he now has power across the entire country. In this book he gets to chase a long time robber that has been at large for over ten years and after stealing from drug dealers he is being hunted for the money so Lucas has to find him first. The way he breaks the case in incredible and there are lots of intense scenes throughout the book. My only complaint is that he has all new co-workers so old reoccurring characters are not in here though the ending had me dying laughing. I still really enjoyed it though and give it 4/5 stars.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Face Like Glass by Francis Hardinge

A Face Like Glass

*Received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Well this book was definitely different. It consists of an nation that was built underground using elaborate methods by people that pretty much have no real facial expressions having to be taught the ones they can use. I would find this very off putting to say the least especially since the lower classes are trained with very few expressions making them really unable to convey their true emotions. The main character Neverfell comes from above ground and has a face that shows all of her thoughts like glass would hence the title. The book is about her being used as a tool by everyone while she struggles to regain control of her life. It is a really good premise but I had a hard time really getting into the story though I enjoyed the little details sprinkled throughout. I can only give it 3/5 stars.

Daisies for Innocence by Bailey Cattrell

Daisies for Innocence (Enchanted Garden Mystery, #1)

Book one in the Enchanted Garden Mystery series. I just loved this book! Elliana Allbright owns a perfume/aromatherapy shop but what she does not realize is that she possesses family magic that allows her to be so good with scents. In this book we have a murder of course which she is the prime suspect in since it is her ex-husbands new girlfriend. I love the mix of magic, mystery, and lots of details  especially in her garden to move the story along. The cute little Corgi is a nice addition as well. Excellent writing I must admit and I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I give it 5/5 stars.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

The Girl Who Knew Too Much

*Received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date is May 9, 2017.

I am a huge fan of this no matter which pen name she is using at the moment (for those who do not know she also writes as Jayne Ann Krentz and Jayne Castle). Under this name the books are usually set in the past somewhere and this one seems to fall in the years between the two world wars. When Irene comes home to find her boss murdered she finds the word run in blood on the wall as well as a brief note of vague explanation. She quickly follows the suggestion reinventing herself on the opposite side of the country as a reporter for a gossip magazine. While researching a story she finds herself in the cross hairs of the killer while her own personal demons show up at the same time. The book moves at a quick pace with plenty of intrigue in a well-developed manner. Great for fans of mystery, suspense, and a little romance thrown in as well. I really enjoyed reading it. I give it 4/5 stars.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

Murder is Binding (A Booktown Mystery, #1)

Book one is the Booktown Mystery series. Meet Tricia who runs a mystery bookshop in a small town that is full of specialized book stores that just happened to reinvigorate the crumbling downtown area. Tricia finds her neighboring shop owner dead and herself as the prime suspect after the female sheriff decides to dislike her. Having read plenty of mystery novels she decides to investigate herself to clear her name and the development is quite interesting to say the least. Some smooth writing with lots of little details to move the story along. The characters are well-developed and the end of the mystery was ingenious. I look forward to reading more books in this series and give this one 4/5 stars.

Fairy Tale Reform School series books 1-3 by Jen Calonita

 Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3)

 Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School, #2)

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1)

I just happened to read all three books in this series back-to-back so I decided to write the reviews altogether. Book 1 is Flunked where we meet Gilly the cobblers daughter who resorts to stealing to feed her siblings only to get caught. Once you receive your third strike you are sent to Fairy Tale Reform School which is led by the former villains such as Maleficent, the Evil Queen, the Big Bad Wolf, and more who have all decided to repent of their evils way and reform children traveling down the wrong path. Wonderful premise and some good writing. Book 2 is called Charmed and book 3 is called Tricked. All three follow a specific group of kids that are easy to get attached to as they save the world around them by the end of each book. I loved them and they are great fro kids ages 10 and up. I give them all 4/5 stars.