Tuesday, September 29, 2020

All This Time (YA)

Kyle's long time girlfriend, Kimberly, breaks up with them on their way to the pond after a graduation party, but they don't make it, the car is destroyed along with Kyle's whole world.  He wakes up with a broken leg, a traumatic brain injury, and the grief and guilt that comes with knowing Kimberly is dead.  It is a long road to healing but it helps he has found someone like himself that understands his guilt, Marley.  Marley becomes his whole world as the year progresses. But neither will see what is to come, will Kyle lose Marley forever?
This is a great book with twists and turns that will keep you on the roller coaster ride till the end of the book just to see what happens next. You will be up way past your bedtime reading this book, and I hope you all will like it as much as I do.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Skyhunter (YA)

After fleeing her home and the federation, Talin works her way into the most elite branch of fighters in her new home, Mara, the Strikers.  She lost her voice fleeing her home from some chemical burns but that doesn't hold her back since the Strikers rely on silence or they will bring on the awful ghosts of the federation down upon themselves and have to fight them without the upper hand.  After Talin loses her shield, the only partner she has ever had, and her champion for being a Striker the Firstblade brings in a odd prisoner to put to death.  When Talin saves him, she is told he is her new shield and responsibility, however in the thick of battle they become bonded in a way no one saw coming.
Marie Lu has another fast paced, suspense filled, hit on her hand and trust me when I say the first book will leave you clamoring for more.  The characters are awesome and so is how they come together in the story.  You will stay up way past your bed time just to see what happens next it is that exciting.  Yes, I too want Ms. Lu to hurry so I can read more about these friends.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Pawsitively Cursed (ADULT AUDIO)

 Amber Blackwell is getting ready for the big fashion show like everyone else in their small town.  When her aunt Gretchen shows up claiming she just needs to be near family, but the cat comes out of the bag when Amber's sister Willow shows up out of the blue as well.  It seems the Penhallows are coming and they are coming for Amber.

This is such a quaint and fun mystery book with a bit of witchcraft thrown in.  I think it was funny that all these clans where under this one city at a time but it seems none of the town members had a clue what was going on until Amber tells the sheriff, pure proof of small towness.  I really liked this (audio)book and hope to someday get to review the rest, yes they are that much fun.  Narrator Victoria Villarreal made this book even more exciting through her voice.  She brought to life all the characters and was able to make me feel all range of emotions as I progressed though the audio.  This is a great book no matter which format you choose.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Conundrum of Collies (The Love & Pets Romantic Comedy Series Book 6) (ADULT)

 Stevie and Logan made a deal that the would get married when they were very little and it was sealed with a kiss so you know it has to happen, kisses are bigger than pinky promises after all.  When Stevie's collie Bean keeps escaping to others yards in the neighborhood especially the one with chickens, Bean is a herding dog after all, he needs to herd.  So to try and tire him out and to check off her before I turn thirty list she joins a disc club, Bean takes to it fast and it looks like its working as well as meeting new interesting people, and maybe date some after all she is going to be thirty in a few weeks. That is when things get very interesting.

This book is as wonderful and fun as her other books.  I am not much into romance but I do love animals so I can not miss reading any of the Love and Pets series.  They can be read separately, they mention other characters from other books but not enough that they can not be read as a stand alone.  I will warn you once you read one you will want to read the others.

White Fox (YA)

When Thais and Manon's mom disappeared it turned their lives upside down sent away from there home by their father to live with a Aunt.  But now they have returned as young women for a show honoring their mother only to be left a clue that maybe she isn't dead after all, and maybe just maybe if they follow the clues in their mom's last manuscript they will be reunited with her.
This is a psychological thriller that will have you up way past your bedtime to see where they go next and who among the cast of characters may have helped their mom or can help them decipher the clues.  There is plenty of action and a world of suspense to keep you captivated.  This is a great book and one to go on the TBR pile for sure. 

Maya and the Rising Dark (MG)

Maya is a remarkable twelve year old girl with even more remarkable friends who will stand by her even in the dark.  Into the dark is where they must go to find and rescue Maya's dad, the keeper of the veil.  Maya finds out the hard way that her dads business is not quite what it seems, and her neighborhood as well, almost like her dads stories set in her favorite comic book world.  Her dad is a god and is tasked with keeping the veil between our world and the dark intact so the darklings don't cross into our world. 
I left the summary of the book short on purpose I didn't want to have any spoilers.  But this is a wonderful book where science and comic book stories rule, and tweens learn their own strengths.  This is a well thought out books with awesome characters that anyone can relate to one or more of, and can hold the attention of even a reluctant readers.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Limitless: Terran Sea Chronicles, Book 2 (YA AUDIO)

Sela and Jack live in a dystopian world where they have both been experimented on.  Jack's new abilities are flight while Sela's are under the water.   Both are fighting to free themselves and the other kids from the grips of Nerissa, but as Sela makes her way back home she discovers things are not how she left them including her father who might not be the man she thought he was.  

This is a wonderful book alternating views from Sela and Jack.  This book is full of action and has twists and turns that will keep you on your toes.  The audio is narrated by Aimee Smith and Nicholas Cain, who are both quite talented and play their parts so well, if you get the audio form of the book you won't be disappointed, it is really good.  The first book was awesome and this one is just as good if not better I hope there are more to come. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Pretenders (The Similars) (YA)

Emma is still coming to terms with everything that happened her junior year.  So when everyone arrives back at school for their senior year except Levi, Emma is lost.  Did Levi really not want to see her anymore or was Gravelle (the similars guardian) doing more experiments and mind control on him, and Emma now knows she is also a similar, as well as her best friend ever, Ollie now thinking of them more than friends, just might be more than she can take.  But there are more surprises lurking in this book most you won't even see coming.

This is a action packed, suspense filled awesome conclusion to this series.  I will miss it and more would have been nice but I am OK with how it ended.  This is a roller coaster of a ride with tons of sharp twits and turns that will toss you around but the end of the ride is the wildest, so hang on for dear life.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Mad Mick: The Mad Mick Series, Book 1 (ADULT AUDIO)

 Connor Maguire has worked in his mountainous compound in Virginia for that last part of his life making bombs in secret for the government. But now is a very different time as America has been thrust into darkness and the only people you can trust is your family.  For Connor that is his daughter Barb who he almost lost when she was little to a drunk driver.  Connor has trained Barb to take care of herself, but know that she has been kidnapped along with a family friend can she do it on her own or are her hands tied because of the other hostages.  Will it matter with another family friend following her and leaving directions and clues for Conner, the very Mad Mick at this point, who is certainly following them as well.

This book is exciting and filled with action and tons, really tons of suspense.  I want to say that Barb is now my hero and I would love to be like her.  I had the audio narrated by the great Kevin Pierce, who always makes these books so awesome for me, he puts me there right with the characters trying to help the each of them.  This is another wonderful post apocalyptic series from Franklin Horton.  If you liked his others series give this a try, if you haven't read any of his other series than what are you waiting for?

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (ADULT)

During a scouting mission on a uncolonized planet, Kira finds a ancient place and is exposed to a odd dust that can move by itself.  Things progress fast and furious from there, until war erupts from all sides and from beyond the stars.  How can Kira make this right?
This is a action packed book full of wonderful characters that come together under a very unusual circumstances, one of which normally would not happen.  Kira is a strong main character that finds a way to keep her friends safe.  This is a wonderful book and a great come back for Paolini.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Curtains for Romeo: Coastal Playhouse Mysteries Book One (ADULT AUDIO)

California just wasn't working for Tig, so when she is offered a teaching position in her hometown in the outer banks, she decides to pack up her teenage daughter and move into the house her mother left her upon her death.  What she doesn't expect moving there is that the ghost of her mother still resides in the house and that the teacher positions she got will lead to murder and a old frenemy that now works for the town newspaper blaming it of her. Tig isn't a detective but she used to play a teenage  one on TV will that be enough to exonerate her?

 This is a great book (I had the audio narrated by the awesome Kate Rudd which is really good) and I could not put it down.  There are redirects and red herons to keep you from guessing who done it before it is revealed.  It is also a quaint and cozy book, but don't get me wrong Attila brings a certain amount of humor to this book as well, I loved the part about a kitty getting stand your ground rights against a dog in the kitties yard.  This is a wonderful book and I hope you will think so too whether you get the book or audio you can't go wrong.   

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Lost Wonderland Diaries (MG)

Celia knows math and logic, Tyrus knows books and imagination, and when the two accidentally find themselves in a different and strange land, they are tasked with finding a way home.  Soon they figure out they are in Wonderland but not the one Tyrus knows or Celia's great great grandfather wrote about in his story about Alice and her adventures here.  But as they work their way through wonderland they make a few friends to help them along the way.
This is a wonderful book on friendship, no matter their differences and how they can do  things better together than separate. Celia is dyslexic (a neurodiversity  that is close to my heart, as I am dyslexic too but no one knew much about it or any of Celia's tips when I was a kid) and Tyrus just likes books and going to those places in his books as a get away, I do this a lot now.  They are both no stranger to being teased and they both are new to the area and school.  So I fell in love with these characters right away, they are perfect for this story.  Although I have never read Alice's adventures I am interested in it now.  The non-stop action and building of suspense are just right and at the right moments.  This is a book for everyone to enjoy as there is something in it for everyone.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Switched On: The Borrowed World Series, Book 6 (ADULT AUDIO)

 It has been nine months since the United States collapsed due to major country wide infrastructure failure.  One that our country and economy may never bounce back from.  But there are people trying to start to get some of those systems back up and running, but at what cost?

This is another awesome book in the Borrowed World series, and it won't let you down.  This book is full of action and issues you hope never will strike our boarders.  This book will hold you captive and not let you go until you are done.  If you are lucky to have the audio version narrated by the great voice of Kevin Pierce than you will feel transported into the story and are there to help and fight alongside Jim, his friends, and neighbors.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Scritch Scratch (MG)

Claire is a scientist through and through but that might have to change after helping her Dad one night on his ghost tour of Chicago.  Now she will need to science out a ghost boy that follows her home.
I am sorry I could not give you more of a synopsis but I didn't want to spoil anything for you.  This is a awesome historical fiction of Chicago and some of the coolest stories anybody interested in ghosts could ever ask for, but in the mean time there is also the side story of Claire wanting her best friend back, but she helps her brother as he helps her when he finds out how bad things are for Claire.  This book is full of action, suspense, and friendship.  The characters are well portrayed and story line is so very well thought out and to add the historical side of the story too, just makes this book all the more special.  I can't wait to see what Claire, her family, and her friends get into next.

Catkwondo (PICTURE BOOK)

Kitten wants to break a board, and while she is disappointed it won't happen the first day of class she puts in the work, moves through the belts and finally comes the day for her to try and break the board.
This was a very cute book on patience, perseverance, and coming together as a team.  I believe most children will enjoy this book and even though they might learn something.  The illustrations are so cute this will soon become a fast favorite.