Friday, May 26, 2017

The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan

1.5 stars
R- 1?
reader's choice


I should have loved this.  I mean, really.

I fully expected to come away from this with a new must-follow series.

But no. Just no.

The plot didn't work for me.  The characters didn't work for me.

Really just none of it worked for me.

I can't actually quite put my finger on why.  It just didn't work.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Author Visit at King's English Next Week

The Mysterious Abductions (The Nocturnals #1)The Ominous Eye (The Nocturnals #2)The Fallen Star (The Nocturnals #3)

Okay, so I haven't read these yet, but I am IN LOVE with the covers.

I mean, seriously, HOW CUTE ARE THEY???

Also, how can you not want to read a book starring not just a fox, but a sugar glider and a pangolin??  I mean really.


Tracey Hecht is going to be right here in Utah next week!

Sadly, I can't go.  Boo will be performing in the school talent show that evening.

But YOU should go!

May 4th, 6pm and The King's English!

You can find out more by visiting the King's English website.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2016 in Books

I know, I know.... It's practically May and I'm just getting to a "year in review" post.

What can I say..... [except "you're welcome"]

Sorry about that.  Moana has taken over my house.  Big time.


In 2016--

I read 113 books.

Which added up to 26,747 pages.

My shortest book was Two For Joy, at just 96 pages.

My longest book was Last Chance Llama Ranch at 496 pages.

Super Lexi was my book read with the highest GoodReads rating (4.98 stars).

Imagine That was my least popular as far as GoodReads readers go-- only 8 other people read it in 2016.

Girl at War, on the other hand, was read by over 76,000 other people.

I read 20 Reader's Choice books. (I think.... lol)

Have y'all ever looked at your Year in Books on GoodReads?  That's where I got the fun facts.  It's pretty cool.

This year I've read 40 books so far.... I think 12 Reader's Choice.

It's shaping up to be a good reading year.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

{School} Reading Saturday

My bigger kids just finished their latest school fundraiser-- a Read-A-Thon!

I was actually kind of excited for this one, because reading is totally doable, no one was selling lame over-priced junk, and all the money actually goes to the school instead of some little fraction.

We did warn people, though-- think carefully before you give them a "per minute" pledge.

The example/suggestion was 10 cents per minute.

No big deal, right?

Until you start doing the math....

That's a dollar every 10 minutes.

If anyone had gone that route, here's what they would have owed my kids:

MeiMei-- $72

Mister-- $132

Boo-- $198

That's right, my kids read 720, 1320, and 1980 minutes respectively.

In like 2 or 3 weeks.

Because hey, they're my children. ;)

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Widow by Fiona Barton

4 stars
R- 2-3 (pornography and pedophiles)
Reader's Choice

This wasn't really what I expected.

It was more subtle.... with fewer twists maybe?

But it was engrossing.... compelling.

The timeline was a little hard to follow... lots of jumping here and there and somewhere in the middle either I lost the thread of it or the author did.

Or both.

But as much as that was kind of a pain, the rotating viewpoints worked for me.  I liked it.

Overall, don't go in expecting a major action thriller.  This is quieter than you think.

But quiet isn't a bad thing.

And just so you know-- at least one character carries over to Fiona Barton's second novel The Child, which comes out in a couple of months.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope

Special Tracking Unit book 1

4 stars
R- 1
Reader's Choice

So if Criminal Minds.... and the X-Files..... had some sort of love child....

It would maybe be this.  

But without the 90s cheese.

Let's call it a police procedural thriller with paranormal overtones.


Cool premise, good story.

One detail that snagged my brain, dragged me out of the story, and made me crazy for days:  there is an ENTIRE PAGE dedicated to cursing the Nevada heat.

In June.


I got news for you, folks.  I grew up in Northern Nevada and there ain't nothing to curse.

Sure it gets hot.... and it's not completely outside the realm of possibility for it to have been 94 in June... but that would be a crazy hot day.

They were at Washoe Lake, and I checked-- the average high in June is around 80.

The character does feel grateful that he's at a higher elevation and therefore it's cooler than Reno to the north or Las Vegas to the south.

Let me tell you how many things are wrong with this statement.

Reno (average June high temp is 83, by the way) is 30 miles north of Washoe Lake.

Las Vegas is FOUR HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN miles south.

Not all of Nevada is Vegas, my friends.  (Which was annoying growing up in Nevada.... people ask where you're from and you say Nevada and they assume Vegas... it's a big state guys.)

This is like comparing DC to Baltimore in the north and Myrtle Beach, SC in the south.  It's just slightly ridiculous.  (Note that my husband pulled out that comparison without checking and was within like 6 miles.  He's a freak that way.)

Anyway, it's a dumb detail and has no bearing whatsoever on the actual story, but it made me nuts.  A passing reference to the heat would have been one thing, but if you're going to spend so much time on it maybe check to ensure that you're believable first.

Other than that (sorry about the long rant, lol) I did enjoy it.  It's the kind of story I maybe prefer to have all wrapped up in a 45-minute episode, but I'll definitely be on the watch for book 2.

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Vessel by Taylor Stevens

A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novella (#3.5)

3.5 stars
R- 2
violence, some language
Listened to audio version

Audio was good.  Wouldn't have been my first choice, but e-audio was the option the library had, so....

Like the other Munroe stories, this is dark.

You absolutely must read book 3 first-- this is a follow-up to certain aspects of that one.

Really, you should read them all in order though.


Anyway.... interesting as always.