Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stacking the Shelves - July 21

Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received. 

This week I received - 

Summary (by Goodreads)

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late. 

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. 

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. 

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for sending this title to me!!  Becca Fitzpatrick is the author of the Hush Hush series and you KNOW how I love to continue reading authors that have hooked me the first time around with a series!  What's on your shelf this week?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Published: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 272
Copy: From Publisher, thank you
Summary: Goodreads

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind

One thing I have to make clear from the start - The Vanishing Season (aka The Moment Collector)  is not a creepy, supernatural ghost story. Not at all.  But it is a beautifully written, hauntingly sad ghost's story.  I read it very quickly, in just over 3 hours actually, and I loved every minute of it.  

I have not read anything else by Ms Anderson, so I had no preconceived notions going in, and I was just able to enjoy the tale.  It starts slowly, telling us about the lives and loves of three teenagers in a small town on Lake Michigan.  There is not a lot of action going on, but we do find out how Maggie, Pauline and Liam are affected by a series of murders that have taken place near their homes.  As the story moves towards the end, there is a building sense of urgency that made me feel slightly unsettled.  I knew what was going to happen, but I wasn't sure to whom, and I wanted to stop it - what's that old expression?  "If wishes were horses...'!

 It was somewhat refreshing to be reading about 3 teenagers who are not desperately trying to be something they are not, and who are reasonably happy within their own skins. Their parents were real, one a little strange, one a little damaged and Maggie's full of love and concern.  Their story was sad and somewhat bittersweet, but I loved it.  I've read several reviews that mention the lack of action as a negative, but for me I was able to just enjoy the language and the setting.  I was able to picture the lake and the woods.  Feel the heat of the sun and the cold of the snow.  Feel Maggie's disappointment and appreciation when she gets the wrong gift from her father, for all the right reasons. Remember what it was like to fall in love for the first time and to feel the loss of love for the first time.

     "This is what I think the world is showing me.  We are souls at a common cause.  We are only here to love.  That was my great story all along.  We are here to take chances, and fail, and keep trying."  (page 167 in my ecopy)

Thank you so much to Gina, at Harper Collins, for persevering and finally getting me a downloadable copy.  (My hardcover copy still hasn't arrived.)  I probably would not have picked The Vanishing Season up on my own, but I am very glad to have read it and will happily be recommending this beautiful story wherever I can.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Quarantine: The Burnouts by Lex Thomas

Published: July 22nd, 2014
Publisher: Egmont USA
Pages: 272
Copy: Publisher via Edelweiss
Summary: Goodreads

Lord of the Flies in a 21st-century high school setting.Welcome to Quarantine 3: The Burnouts , where readers of The Maze Runner, Gone, and Divergent go when they're hungry for more dark, compelling survival stories.

When an explosion rocks David and Will's suburban high school one morning, a deadly virus is unleashed on the school. After a year of quarantine, with no adults around, the students have created their own society. All of the social cliques have developed into gangs-The Nerds, The Geeks, The Freaks, The Sluts, The Skaters, The Burnouts, The Pretty Ones, and The Varsity-and each gang provides a service with which they can barter for provisions. Without a gang, it's almost impossible to secure food, water, territory, or supplies. In the final installment in the Quarantine trilogy, the brothers are reunited on the Outside and it appears as if, for once everything is going right. But inside the school, Lucy is alone with no gang and no hope, until the Burnouts welcome her into their filthy arms

I have loved this trilogy from the beginning ( you can find my reviews #1 here and #2 here) and I was just a little worried that Mr. Thomas would not be able to maintain the tension.  Well, I'm very happy to say I was wrong.  Tension abounds yet again in this third and final volume.

As I mentioned before there are many parallels to Lord of the Flies in this Quarantine trilogy, but it's more like Lord of the Flies on steroids, 10 times over.  One of the most horrific things about it for me is the absolute plausability of it all, and that scares me to death.  Part way through this book there is a comment that the parents on the outside are sure they have solved the food problems, but readers see that this is definitely not the case - the troubles have just gone underground and have become so much worse.

We are made aware that almost 2 years have gone by.  2 years in which hundreds of kids have reverted to savagery to get by.  It's amazing that any of them have survived. Some of the descriptions of the Burnouts and their means of escaping reality had me almost gagging, but I could see it happening!  And just wait until you find out about the cure.  All I'll say is O.M.G.

You will be rooting for Will, David and Lucy and you will cry along with them and keep hoping that they will survive. What poor Lucy has to go through this time will have you gasping. This is a really gritty and horrifying story from beginning to end, but it is so worth reading if you like this type of thing.  Definitely not for the squeamish though and you have to start at the beginning.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Follow Friday - July 18

Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –


I have a young daughter to who likes to sing in the car...but it isn't as entertaining as watching grown men sing something so Disney....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Top Secret Twenty One by Janet Evanovich

Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.

To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret

Sometimes I find myself wondering just how many more of these Stephanie Plum novels Ms Evanovich has in her.  My enjoyment of them seems to go up and down a little with some being better than others, and the previous one - Takedown Twenty - didn't do a lot for me.  However, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  The focus in #21 shifted slightly to Ranger and I am a Ranger fan all the way to my toes.

Lot's of explosions again, with rockets in the picture this time around and lots of bad guys on the loose. Stephanie is helped by Lula as usual and also by Briggs - whom we've met in previous volumes.  He brings his own issues into the mix including some of those aforementioned rockets and a band of chihuahuas. 

There are some cheek warming situations - one in particular that includes Grandma Mazur and Ranger and had me laughing out loud,  and all in all, twenty one was fun. I doubt fans will be disappointed.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Endless by Kate Brian

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is

Summary (by Goodreads)
**There is a spoiler in this summary**
An unthinkable betrayal threatens everyone Rory loves in the third installment of our dark, thrilling Shadowlands series from New York Times best-selling author Kate Brian.

Rory Miller didn't just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on.

But like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil-sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory's friend Aaron and her own father, but when SPOILER Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, too, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.

I was impressed with the first book in this series and would like to see how things pan out for Rory and her family in Juniper Landing.  Looking forward to this one!
 - Christinabean

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