Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.


The topic this week is: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump, but I decided to switch it up a little and list Authors to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump. Here's some authors that help pull me out of a slump. Maybe there's something on this list that would help you out of a reading slump too.


1. Maria V. Snyder - She's my favorite fantasy author. I've lost count of how many times I've read her book Poison Study. Her world building is fantastic and the characters are great too.

2. Seanan McGuire - When I've been in a reading slump and grab one of her stories, the slump is instantly over. She has a wonderful way with words and instantly pulls me into the story, no matter what it's about.

3. Christina Coryell - She writes characters who feel so real, who I wish were my friends. I know when I pick up one of her books, I'll be swept away into the characters lives and lingering there as long as I can.

4. Pepper Basham - I'm sure to have a smile on my face when I finish one of her books. There's always a nice balance of humor, heart, and faith in her stories that always leave me in a good mood.

5. Ronie Kendig - Her books are fast paced and action-packed. There's never a dull moment when I'm reading her books and sometimes that's exactly what I need to get out of a slump.

6. Heather Blake - Nobody does a cozy mystery like Heather Blake! I always become completely absorbed in the mystery, the characters lives, and the setting.

7. Christy Barritt - She's one of my favorite mystery/romantic suspense authors. She's a speedy writer, so I don't have to wait long for her next book. They're always exciting and heart-pounding reads.

8. Sarah Sundin - She's a master at WWII fiction. The amount of research and knowledge she has for the time period is astounding. I always learn something new while reading one of her books. Plus, there's always a powerful message of faith woven into the story that never fails to move me.

9. Jen Turano - When I'm in need of something that'll make me laugh, I'll grab a Jen Turano book. Her characters always find themselves in zany and outrageous situations that leave me laughing so hard.

Are there certain authors who help get you out of a reading slump?

Monday, August 20, 2018

Review: Crime and Poetry (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

About the Book
From Amanda Flower—who writes the national bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries as Isabella Alan—comes the first in the new Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you...

Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good...


My Thoughts

I'm definitely adding Crime and Poetry to my list of favorite cozy mysteries. It was a delightful read full of a cast of quirky characters set in the charming town of Cascade Springs.

The magical bookshop was so much fun and such a neat idea. Books really are magic!The shop was host to a couple of animal friends that I completely adored, Faulkner the talking crow and a cat named Emerson.

The mystery was great and even though I figured out 'whodunit', the motive was still a conundrum until the reveal.

Crime and Poetry is a cozy mystery I'd recommend to book lovers everywhere. I can't wait to start book two, Prose and Cons.

Five Stars

Friday, August 17, 2018

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Switchback (Nightshades #2) by Melissa F. Olson

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring Switchback (Nightshades #2) by Melissa F. Olson.

About the Book
The Bureau of Preternatural Investigations returns in the sequel to Melissa F. Olson's Nightshades.

Three weeks after the events of Nightshades, things are finally beginning to settle for the Chicago branch of the BPI, but the brief respite from the horror of the previous few weeks was never destined to last.

The team gets a call from Switch Creek, WI, where a young man has been arrested on suspicion of being a shade.

The suspect is held overnight, pending DNA testing, but seemingly escapes in a terrifying and bloody massacre. But is there more to the jailbreak than a simple quest for freedom?
 

Book Beginning
Switch Creek, Illinois
Thursday night
At twenty-eight, Terry Anson wasn't particularly impressed with his lot in life.

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)
"None of this is adding up," Chase said. He looked as frustrated as Alex felt.

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Review: A Dangerous Deception by Debra E. Marvin

About the Book
Jerome, Arizona Territory, 1899
When Andromeda Barr left her colorful past behind in pursuit of a normal—albeit solo—life, she didn’t exactly settle for the mundane. Performing is in her blood, and right now she has to believe she’s lying for all the right reasons—justice for the excluded, the overlooked of society—a debt she owes to the two unusual people who raised her.

Pinkerton Agent Connell O’Brien is on the trail of a wanted murderer holed up in ‘the wickedest town in the west.’ Hiding his identity is part of the job, but when he meets the surprising Miss Barrington, he begins to wonder how many secrets are too many.

Two close calls with disaster seem to suggest it’s time they both stop running from the guilt of the past and let mercy catch up, but will these two solo acts join forces before the danger of discovery becomes a matter of life or death?


My Thoughts

I really enjoy books that feature the Pinkertons. A Dangerous Deception has not one, but TWO Pinkerton agents! I couldn't wait to read it! Once I started it, I didn't want to stop! It was fast paced and had me clicking through the pages as fast as I could. It was an exciting and fun read filled with danger, intrigue, and a great message of faith.

I loved the name Andromeda! It's so unique and completely fit the character. She's full of sass and spunk and was so much fun to read about. Connell was the perfect guy for her.

The circus terms and definitions at the beginning of each chapter were really interesting and I learned lots of new things from them.

A Dangerous Deception is my favorite story from Debra Marvin yet! I can't recommend it highly enough!

Five Stars


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: Changeling (Sorcery and Society #1) by Molly Harper

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Changeling (Sorcery and Society #1) by Molly Harper releasing August 22, 2018.

About the Book
Sorcery and Society Book 1

“Witty and classic, Changeling had everything I wanted from a coming of age story: friendship, scandal, and a heroine learning to flex her magical muscles. If you liked Harry Potter, you will love CHANGELING!” —Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s.

Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor...

But Snipes aren’t supposed to have magical powers…and the existence of a magical Snipe threatens the world order dictated during the Guardians’ Restoration years ago. If she wants to keep her family safe and protect her own skin, Sarah must figure out how to fit into posh Guardian society, master her newfound magical powers and discover the truth about how an ordinary girl can become magical.

“Molly Harper’s Changeling is masterful fantasy—a spunky Cinderella story with a heroine who’s equal parts compassion, determination, and pure magical delight.” —Rachel Vincent, author of the Soul Screamers series and The Stars Never Rise

**Includes eight original illustrations!**

Why I Need It
Molly Harper's venturing into Young Adult fiction and I couldn't be more excited! I love her paranormal romances, but I'm not gonna lie, I do get a bit uncomfortable reading all those steamy scenes. So it'll be nice to see her take on a story for a younger audience that won't leave me blushing, lol.

What upcoming release are you excited about?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Review: Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads #1) by Seanan McGuire

About the Book
Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross—a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn’t ask Rose what she thought of the idea.

It’s been more than sixty years since that night, and she’s still sixteen, and she’s still running.

They have names for her all over the country: the Girl in the Diner. The Phantom Prom Date. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Mostly she just goes by “Rose,” a hitchhiking ghost girl with her thumb out and her eyes fixed on the horizon, trying to outrace a man who never sleeps, never stops, and never gives up on the idea of claiming what’s his. She’s the angel of the overpass, she’s the darling of the truck stops, and she’s going to figure out a way to win her freedom. After all, it’s not like it can kill her.

You can’t  kill what’s already dead.



My Thoughts

It's been a few years since I first read Sparrow Hill Road, so I figured I should reread it to refresh my memory before starting the sequel, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. I loved it the first time and loved it even more this second go around.

It's a little spooky, but not too bad. I'm not usually a fan of scary stories, but I found this one to be just right, I think. It was a bit melancholy at times, but it's narrated by a ghost who died too young, at the age of sixteen, so that's to be expected. Though there was also a lot of humor, too. So that was nice.

Rose is an instantly likable character. She's seen many things and traveled many roads through many decades often known as “the Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road, “the Girl at the Diner”, and “the Phantom Prom Date”, just to name a few. She's not someone to be messed with. She's grown to be fierce, but she's also just about the most helpful and honorable ghost you'll ever meet.

It was great to travel the ghost roads with Rose once again and I'm very eager to find out what happens next in The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. 

Note: This book contains strong language

4.5 Stars

Friday, August 10, 2018

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Crime and Poetry (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring a fun cozy mystery - Crime and Poetry (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower.

About the Book
From the national bestselling author of the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries comes the first charming caper in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series.

Rushing home to sit by her ailing grandmother’s bedside, Violet Waverly is shocked to find Grandma Daisy the picture of perfect health. Violet doesn’t need to read between the lines: her grandma wants Violet back home and working in her magical store, Charming Books. It’s where the perfect book tends to fly off the shelf and pick you...

Violet has every intention to hightail it back to Chicago, but then a dead man is discovered clutching a volume of Emily Dickinson’s poems from Grandma Daisy’s shop. The victim is Benedict Raisin, who recently put Grandma Daisy in his will, making her a prime suspect. Now, with the help of a tuxedo cat named Emerson, Violet will have to find a killer to keep Grandma from getting booked for good...

Book Beginning
"Grandma! Grandma Daisy!" I called as soon as I was inside Charming Books. There were books everywhere - on the crowded shelves, the end tables, the sales counter, and the floor. Everywhere. But there was no sign of my ailing grandmother.

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)
Consulting the book to solve a murder was one of the most ridiculous ideas I had ever had. I had finally gone off the deep end. It was bound to happen.

What have you been reading lately?