BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it 18 months now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?


Monday, September 1, 2014

Review- Dead Don't Lie by L. R. Nicolello -5*

Title: Dead Don't Lie
Author: L R Nicolello
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers: Harlequin HQN
(Sept 1, 2014)
Kindle: 230 pages
ISBN: B00JIHA81C
FTC Disclosure: Net Galley

 You can run from the past…but you can never truly hide…
Detective Evelyn Davis delves deep into the minds of monsters for a living. She's the best psychological profiler in the Seattle P.D., with a talent that comes from heartbreaking experience. When Evelyn was just eighteen, she received word of her family's murder in the form of a horrifying video. Fifteen years later, tracking down other psychopaths is the only thing that brings her some peace.
But now two local families have been wiped out. Though the chilling crime scenes suggest murder-suicides, Evelyn believes a serial killer is at work. So does Special Agent Marcus Moretti, whose easy charm and fiercely protective instincts are breaking down all her defenses. Evelyn needs to put aside her emotional attachment to find the madman stalking her city—but with each discovery, this case becomes more personal. She's starting to suspect the killer wants her—and he is edging closer with every step, ready to make Evelyn pay a devastating price….

Reading Habits Change

I've haven't read as many Harlequins recently as I once did. Harlequins were always a quick easy read and existed as a way for a mini vacation from a very stressful 60 hour a week IT job for me. I kept one at my desk to read at lunch and one in my purse (plus a spare in the car just in case)  to read while waiting on kids at ball, music, dance, whatever the hell class that was going on at the time. With three kids, I was constantly taking and picking up kids for one activity or another. I also read every night at least an  hour just to unwind so I could sleep. During these years, I existed on 5 to 6 hours of sleep at night and 1 to 2 hours of meditation (reading). I probably read 3 or 4 books most weeks. I pretty much read them, enjoyed them and then quickly moved on to the next one, never really invested in either the author or series.

Now that I’ve retired and have more free time, my reading patterns have greatly changed. I tend to invest a lot more time in series that have spanned over decades (and may take me months to read) and rather than picking up a quick two or three hour read opt for the humongous books that may be 500+ pages. But the other night once finishing a stand alone at around 11PM, I found myself looking for a quick read as I wasn’t nearly sleepy enough to go to bed. I had requested several Harlequins from Net Galley as several of their covers and blurbs reignited that thrill I’d get when I bought my monthly stash of romance books years ago. So for that reason you will probably see many more Harlequin romance reviews here.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review-The Aftermath by Jen Alexander-4*

Title: The Aftermath
Series: Aftermath #1
Author: Jen Alexander
Genre: YA Dystopian
Rating: * * * *
Publishers: Harlequin Teen
(Aug 26, 2014)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0373211326
FTC Disclosure: Net Galley

Sometimes, I dream that I'm someone else. 
 — A girl with dark hair who doesn't worry about hunger  — or thirst or running from flesh-eaters.  — In her world, those sorts of things don't exist?.  — Since the spring of 2036, when the world changed forever, Claudia and a small clan of survivors have roamed the streets of a very altered Nashville: polluted and desolate, except for the ever-present threat of cannibal Hoarders. Together they must undergo punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge?sometimes with devastating consequences?all just to live another day.

With food and water in dwindling supply, and with danger lurking around every corner, no one can be trusted. And as her world starts to make less and less sense, Claudia begins to realize something terrifying: she is just a pawn in some sort of game, and all of her actions are being controlled from afar by a mysterious gamer. So when she meets a maddening and fascinating outsider named Declan, who claims to be a game moderator, she must decide whether to join him in exchange for protection and access to the border.

If they play the game right, they are each other's best hope for survival?and a life beyond the only world Claudia's ever known: the terrifying live-action game known as The Aftermath.

Aftermath
1. The Aftermath (2014)
   2.   ??                                     


Though I’m a lover of YA Dystopian fiction, I’ve never been much of a gamer, so I thought that a lot of this book would be over my head. Surprising, it wasn’t and I really loved the idea of the RPG being played by real people (though they don't realize it) that was controlled by richer real people. The one thought that kept circling in my mind was what if the gamer was grounded by their parents for awhile, would their game character die without food and water? I gotta admit, this aspect of it really freaked me out.
I enjoyed the pace of the book and while it wasn’t overly action driven there was a nice balance between the action in the game and the downtime of the characters. In the beginning, I thought that the characters were a bit flat but once realizing that they were just movable pieces in a game, it made sense for them to be pretty emotionless.  You quickly realize that Claudia is the exception to this and then it reaches a whole other level of intensity. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series cause when you say “cliffhanger”, boy does the author leave you with a doozy of one.

Review-The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan-5* and Giveaway

Title: The Hook Up
Series: Game On #1
Author: Kristen Callihan
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Rating: * * * * *
Publishers: Plain Jane Books
(Sept 8, 2014)
File Size: 415  pages
ISBN: B00MQFHUQ4
FTC Disclosure: ARC from Author

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all... No falling in love

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he's committed to making her break every rule...

Football has been good to Drew. It's given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there's one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it's up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she's truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.
All's fair in love and football...Game on

Review-A Curse Awakened: A Weird Girls Novella by Cecy Robson- 4*

Title: A Curse Awakened
Series: Weird Girl's Prequel
Author: Cecy Robson
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating: * * * *
Publishers: Random House
(Aug, 19, 2014)
Kindle: 94 pages
ASIN: B00JNQMLEA
FTC Disclosure: ARC from Net Galley

Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers.
 
Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do.
 Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command.
 Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush to his aid, but in order to take down the vamps, first they must face their dark past and break a spell that’s screwing up their powers. Except this curse wasn’t meant to be broken . . . and the witch who cast it isn’t done toying with them yet.