Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Releases - October 17, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


Slap Shot by Kelly Jamieson

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
My name’s Max Hall, and I need to f***. As a pro hockey player who’s been away from the game for over a year, my libido has picked one hell of an an inconvenient time to come roaring back to life.

After my wife died from a rare form of cancer, sex was the last thing on my mind. Same with hockey, the other love of my life. Now, after fifteen months of eating too much, drinking too much, and generally just feeling sorry for myself, I’m facing a steep uphill battle to get my ass in shape and play my way back onto the Chicago Aces.

So I’m not looking for a relationship. Just sex. Yeah, I know how that makes me sound. But the truth is, I’ll never love another woman the way I loved my wife. When I meet a sexy bridesmaid at my teammate’s wedding, I decide to scratch that itch. A fling with Kendra Armstrong in her posh hotel room could be just what the trainer ordered.

Not only is Kendra smokin’ hot, she’s dynamite in bed—one of the perks of being a sex toy designer. Since she lives in New York anyway, we agree to keep things casual, no strings attached. The arrangement is perfect . . . until one of us falls in love. And it’s not me.


Righteous by Joe Ide

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In this hotly anticipated follow-up to the smash hit IQ, a New York Times Critics' Best of the Year and nominee for the Best First Novel Edgar Award, Isaiah uncovers a secret behind the death of his brother, Marcus.
For ten years, something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again-or lose his mind.
A case takes him and his volatile, dubious sidekick, Dodson, to Vegas, where Chinese gangsters and a terrifying seven-foot loan shark are stalking a DJ and her screwball boyfriend. If Isaiah doesn't find the two first, they'll be murdered. Awaiting the outcome is the love of IQ's life: fail, and he'll lose her. Isaiah's quest is fraught with treachery, menace, and startling twists, and it will lead him to the mastermind behind his brother's death, Isaiah's own sinister Moriarty.
With even more action, suspense, and mind-bending mysteries than Isaiah's first adventures, Righteous is a rollicking, ingenious thrill ride.

Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire

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The newest book based on the hit Weird West RPG franchise Deadlands!

Step right up to see the oddities and marvels of The Blackstone Family Circus and Travelling Wonder Show! Gasp at pit wasps the size of a man’s forearm. Beware the pumpkin-headed corn stalker, lest it plant its roots in you!

Annie Pearl is the keeper of oddities, the mistress of monsters. Her unique collection of creatures is one of the circus’s star attractions, drawing wide-eyed crowds at every small frontier town they visit. But Annie is also a woman running from her past . . . and the mother of a mute young daughter, Adeline, whom she will do anything to protect.

Hoping to fill its coffers before winter sets in, the circus steers its wagons to The Clearing, a remote community deep in the Oregon wilderness, surrounded by an ominous dark wood. Word is that a traveling show can turn a tidy profit at The Clearing, but there are whispers, too, of unexplained disappearances that afflict one out of every four shows that pass through the town.

The Clearing has it secrets, and so does Annie. And it may take everything she has to save her daughter―and the circus―from both.

A gripping tale of the Weird West, set on the haunted frontier of DEADLANDS, the award-winning game from Pinnacle Entertainment Group.

Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

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Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
What happens when ambition trumps the truth?

A town reeling in the wake of tragedy

An arsonist is on the loose in Colmstock, Australia, most recently burning down the town's courthouse and killing a young boy who was trapped inside..

An aspiring journalist desperate for a story

The clock is ticking for Rose Blakey. With nothing but rejections from newspapers piling up, her job pulling beers for cops at the local tavern isn't nearly enough to cover rent. Rose needs a story-a big one.

Little dolls full of secrets

In the weeks after the courthouse fire, precise porcelain replicas of Colmstock's daughters begin turning up on doorsteps, terrifying parents and testing the limits of the town's already fractured police force.

Rose may have finally found her story. But as her articles gain traction and the boundaries of her investigation blur, Colmstock is seized by a seething paranoia. Soon, no one is safe from suspicion. And when Rose's attention turns to the mysterious stranger living in the rooms behind the tavern, neighbor turns on neighbor and the darkest side of self-preservation is revealed.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34051971-lilac-lane?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32766533-scored?from_search=true#https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35127986-ruthless-king?ac=1&from_search=truehttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35266699-in-too-deep?ac=1&from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review - Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush @Jenn_Rush @TheNovl #DevilsandThieves

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush
Series: Devils & Thieves #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Date Read: October 15, 2017
Length: 336 pages
Source: Publisher - The Novl
★★★★☆
Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael has grown up surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called "kindled," and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn't help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe, the dangerous and enigmatic leader of the Black Devils kindled motorcycle gang and the unofficial head of their turf.

When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor begins spreading that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all.

My Review

This was an entertaining read!  As soon as I read the description for this book, I knew that it was one that I would have to read.  Motorcycle gangs and magic...yes, please!  It took me a while to read this book but that had everything to do with my personal life and nothing to do with the book.  One I really had the chance to sit down with the book, I ended up reading the final 2/3 of the story in a single day and really enjoyed the experience.

Jemmie lives in a world filled with magic.  It can be hard for her sometimes because she does not want to use her magic and being around magic makes her feel ill at times.  She has never really worked to hard at learning to control and use her own magic and has instead focused on self-medicating to cope with being around magic.

Jemmie has ties to the Black Devils group through her best friend, Alex, and her brother, Crowe.  A gathering of the different groups has tensions at a high.  Things get even more intense when several people go missing and nobody knows who to trust.  Jemmie finds herself at the center of the mystery and is determined to help Crowe find out what is happening before it is too late.

There is a bit of a love triangle in this book.   Jemmie and Crowe seem to belong together from the very start of the story even though they don't seem to realize it.  There is another guy that seems to want a chance with Jemmie but I never really felt like he was a serious contender.  Jemmie and Crowe do seem to have a lot of chemistry and I can't wait to see more of them together.

I would recommend this book to others.  I thought that the world was rather interesting and the mystery was pretty exciting.  I wouldn't say that this book ends in a cliffhanger but it did leave me pretty eager for the next book so that I can see what happens next.  I definitely plan to read more from Jennifer Rush soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via TheNovl.com.
About the Author

Jennifer Rush is the author of Devils & Thieves and the Altered Saga. She currently lives in Michigan with her family, where the winters make her grumpy and the summers make her forget the winters. When not writing, she can be found curled up with a good book or out wandering, either by foot or by car. She dreams of seeing the world someday (as long as it's not winter).

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Heartbreak

I have been not been doing a very impressive job staying on top of things blog-wise for the last little bit and I am sorry about that.  My daughter's marching band is very demanding of parents and has taken up a lot of my time.  It almost feels like a part time job right now.  That should be over around October 25 so please bear with me.  

My family has also been dealing some very tragic news for the past few days.  My cousin's 2 year old grandson died in an accident Friday and the grief is overwhelming.  My cousin played a very important role in my childhood and while I never had the chance to meet this little beautiful boy, my heart is breaking for her and her family right now.  I can't even imagine the kind of pain those who knew and loved this boy are going through right now.  


I have decided that this is probably the right time for me to take a bit of a break. I hope that after a few days I can get myself back on track.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

New Releases - October 10, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Clique series comes a novel about the importance of friendship, and, of course, the pleasure of a dirty book.

M.J. Stark’s life is picture-perfect—she has her dream job as a magazine editor, a sexy doctor boyfriend, and a glamorous life in New York City. But behind her success, there is a debilitating sense of loneliness. So when her boss betrays her and her boyfriend offers her a completely new life in California, she trades her cashmere for caftans and gives it a try. Once there, M.J. is left to fend for herself in a small beach town, with only the company of her elderly neighbor, Gloria, and an ocean that won’t shut up.

One afternoon, M.J. discovers that Gloria has suddenly moved to Paris with her friends to honor a fifty-year-old pact. And in lieu of a goodbye, she’s left a mysterious invitation to a secret club—one that only reads erotic books. Curious, M.J. accepts and meets the three other hand-selected club members. As they bond over naughty bestsellers and the shocking letters they inherited from the original club members, the four strangers start to divulge the intimate details of their own lives… and as they open up, they learn that friendship might just be the key to rewriting their own stories: all they needed was to find each other first.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

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Find your magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33641244-the-powerhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34066619-christmas-at-little-beach-street-bakeryhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34466880-how-i-lost-youhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29523636-dare-mighty-things?ac=1&from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Review - Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Date Read: October 8, 2017
Length:  426 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
They built a life on lies

Sutton and Ethan Montclair’s idyllic life is not as it appears. The couple seems made for each other, but the truth is ugly. Consumed by professional and personal betrayals and financial woes, the two both love and hate each other. As tensions mount, Sutton disappears, leaving behind a note saying not to look for her.

Ethan finds himself the target of vicious gossip as friends, family and the media speculate on what really happened to Sutton Montclair. As the police investigate, the lies the couple have been spinning for years quickly unravel. Is Ethan a killer? Is he being set up? Did Sutton hate him enough to kill the child she never wanted and then herself? The path to the answers is full of twists that will leave the reader breathless.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

I liked this book but not as much as I had hoped that I would.  I decided to read this book after seeing a few really good reviews.  I love a good thriller so I decided to give it a try.   I decided to take a peek at the first few pages of this book late one night and ended up putting other books aside so that I could focus on this one.  Unfortunately, the book became much easier to set aside the further I read.

I love a good thriller with a lot of twists and turns.   This book takes some pretty ambitious twists that could have been really exciting if I had been even a little surprised.  All of the big twists in this story were fairly easy for me to predict and ended up being quite disappointing.  I had the urge to set the book aside for a bit whenever there was a bit reveal in the story which was unfortunate.

I didn't have any really strong feelings about the characters in this story.  I don't think that took anything away from the story though.  I think that this is the kind of book that being unsure of the characters actually works well.  Ethan and Sutton both had characteristics that were hard to like but understandable because of the things they have been through.

This was a very easy book to read.  I think that it had a nice overall flow and I found myself reading big sections of the book in a single sitting.  I liked the short chapters that kept the pace of the book feeling quite rapid.  I thought that alternate perspectives were worked into the story exactly when they were most effective.  My biggest issue was the fact that I was really let down with every twist that proved to be very predictable.  These usually happened just as the focus of the book shifted and I found myself setting the book aside a little easier.

I do think that many readers will enjoy this book a bit more than I did.  It is a fast paced story that has quite a few exciting moments.  I would definitely pick up more of J.T. Ellison's work in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from HQ Digital via NetGalley.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. J.T. is also cohost of the premier literary television show A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville. Follow J.T. on Facebook or Twitter @thrillerchick.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #90


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

This was a hard week.  Last Saturday, my daughter's boyfriend's father died unexpectedly.  I didn't expect to be at a funeral during the week when I wrote my last Stacking the Shelves post.  It has been heartbreaking.

My daughter's marching band performed at the football game Friday night and we have another competition today.   It looks like it is going to be another busy weekend.

I did continue with regular blog posts this week but I had a few nights that I just didn't have it in me to spend a lot of time dealing with bloggish things.  Please bear with me as I work to get caught up.

Books for Review
Paradox Bound by Peter Clines (Blogging for Books)

I liked the The Fold by this author and I thought that the premise of this story sounded great so I am looking forward to diving into this book.

Books Won
Cover of Night by Laura Griffin (Goodreads Giveaway)

This is an author that I have been wanting to try so I am thrilled to get the chance to read this one.  I hadn't won a Goodreads giveaway for years but this is the second one that I have won in just the past couple of week.  I like the new kindle giveaways since the book just shows up in your account when you win.

Books Purchased
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris (Kindle Purchase)
Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (Kindle Purchase)
The Witches of New York by Ami McKay (Kindle Purchase)
Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons (Kindle Freebie)
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Kindle Purchase)
Shelly Laurenston Bundle (Kindle Purchase)

I have no shame.  I think I like collecting books as much as I like reading them.  I have no idea when I will even be able to work these beauties into my reading schedule but I am happy to have them all waiting for me.  I can't resist a good sale and spent $2.99 or less on each of these books!

What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, October 6, 2017

September 2017 - Monthly Wrap - Up

September 2017

September proved to be a rather busy month as expected.  Marching Band is in full swing which means we always seem to be on the go.  My daughter and I took some time to find a homecoming dress and she is looking forward to the dance which is coming up soon. 

I was able to keep up with the blog for the most part.  My reading was a bit down again this month and I expect to have similar numbers in October.  Marching Band season will be over in November and I will get some of my reading time back.  I ended up with 26 posts during the month of September.  There were days that I didn't get to make comments but I usually was able to catch up later in the week. 

I am linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Reviews Posted 
(not necessarily read in September)
http://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-waking-gods-by-sylvain-neuvel.htmlhttp://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2017/09/review-best-day-every-by-kaira-rouda.html

Reading Stats
Books Read: 13 total
Audiobooks: 3
Digital Books: 10
Print Books: 0
1 of these was a re-read

Book Source for Books Read in September
NetGalley: 7
Edelweiss: 2
Sent by the Publisher: 1
 Purchased:1
Free: 1
Borrowed:1

Challenges
Goodreads: 137/100 - Completed!!
Blogger Shame: 0 read towards the challenge in September

Favorites of the Month

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How was your month? Do you have any reading or blogging goals for October?
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