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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

High Summer Read-a-Thon: Mid-Event Check-in #HSreadathon @truebookaddict


The is the Mid-Event Check-in for the High Summer Read-a-Thon!

I have been posting my updates on Twitter. Here is what I have finished so far: 


Finished:


Broken Angels
(Katie Maguire, Book #2)
by Graham Masterton


Burntown
by Jennifer McMahon
[on my iPod]


Final Girls
by Riley Sager
[on my iPod]

Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, Volume 1
by Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence and Amelia Woo
(Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels, Book #1.1)


Still Reading:


Beyond Exile
by J.L. Bourne
(Day by Day Armageddon, Book #2)



Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins
[on my iPod]



I'm looking forward to the Christmas in July Readathon this weekend! These are my picks:

by Fiona Harper


by Debbie Macomber
[on my iPod]


I will post my updates on Twitter using the #HSreadathon hashtag, and then do a wrap-up post at the end of the read-a-thon on my blog.

#Book #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Broken Angels by Graham Masterton @GrahamMasterton @HoZ_Books

TITLE: Broken Angels
SERIES: Katie Maguire, Book #2
AUTHOR: Graham Masterton
PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
PUBLICATION DATE: April 10, 2014 (first published 2012)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 397 pages
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
ISBN: 9781781852187
Someone is brutally killing Catholic priests. Revenge, or something more sinister Irelands first female detective must get to the truth in the second Katie Maguire mystery. One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River. It is the bloated body of Father Heaney. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the marks of garrotting wire. Worse still, he has been castrated. When a second priest is found murdered, his body bruised and beaten and the same savage wound hidden beneath his soutane, Detective Inspector Katie Maguire finds evidence of a sinister cover-up at St. Josephs Orphanage. But the Catholic diocese still wields considerable power here, and the Garda are under pressure to close the case. Katie has to work alone if she is to catch the killer in time but first she must shatter a wall of silence that for decades has hidden a terrible secreta secret that is beyond belief.
MY REVIEW:

The torture and grisly deaths continue in the second installment of the Katie Maguire series!

Detective Superintendent Katie Maguire has her hands full when the bodies of priests begin to turn up, with evidence of torture and castration. There was a scandal years back involving a number of Catholic priests with allegations of abusing boys from an orphanage, but no charges were laid and the furor died down. The reason behind the crimes wasn’t at all what I expected, so kudos to Masterton for creating a complex storyline.

Katie is a wonderful character. I am growing to love her more and more! Her relationship with John continues, but she has to make a decision about their future because he plans to sell the farm and return to the United States.

What I loved so much about White Bones, the first book in this series, was how dark and gruesome the slayings were in all their graphic detail. This one wasn’t quite as dark, but there are some parts that definitely made me squirm! While I don't feel that it was as good as its predecessor, it was still an enjoyable read and I will continue with the series. 

MY RATING:

3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it!

This book qualifies as:

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

Something from my bookshelf.


TITLE: Beyond Exile
SERIES: Day by Day Armageddon, Book #2
AUTHOR: J.L. Bourne
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
PUBLICATION DATE: July 13, 2010
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 277 pages
GENRE: Horror/Zombies
ISBN: 9781439177525
Armies of undead have risen up across the U.S. and around the globe;there is no safe haven from the diseased corpses hungering for human flesh. But in the heat of a Texas wasteland, a small band of survivors attempt to counter the millions closing in around them.

Survivor, Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a worldwide cataclysm capture the desperation; and the will to survive;as he joins forces with a handful of refugees to battle soulless enemies both human and inhuman from inside an abandoned strategic missile facility. But in the world of the undead, is mere survival enough?


I'm listening to:

Something from my review pile.

AUTHOR: Paula Hawkins
PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: May 2, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 31 mins
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and global phenomenon The Girl on the Train returns with Into the Water, her addictive new novel of psychological suspense.

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from--a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.

Beware a calm surface--you never know what lies beneath.

Cast of Narrators:
Rachel Bavidge, as third person narrator/Nel's voice
Sophie Aldred, as Jules
Daniel Weyman, as Sean & Josh
Imogen Church, as Erin Morgan
Laura Aikman, as Lena

I just finished:

TITLE: Final Girls
AUTHOR: Riley Sager
NARRATORS: Erin Bennett and Hillary Huber
PUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: July 11, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 12 hrs and 24 mins
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery
Ten years ago college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie-scale massacre. In an instant she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to - a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.
Now Quincy is doing well - maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won't even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started 10 years ago is finished.


TITLE: Broken Angels
SERIES: Katie Maguire, Book #2
AUTHOR: Graham Masterton
PUBLISHER: Head of Zeus
PUBLICATION DATE: April 10, 2014 (first published 2012)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 368 pages
GENRE: Mystery, Thriller
ISBN: 9781781852187
Someone is brutally killing Catholic priests. Revenge, or something more sinister Irelands first female detective must get to the truth in the second Katie Maguire mystery. One cold spring morning in County Cork, two fishermen find a bundle of rags floating in the Blackwater River. It is the bloated body of Father Heaney. His hands and feet are bound, and his neck bears the marks of garrotting wire. Worse still, he has been castrated. When a second priest is found murdered, his body bruised and beaten and the same savage wound hidden beneath his soutane, Detective Inspector Katie Maguire finds evidence of a sinister cover-up at St. Josephs Orphanage. But the Catholic diocese still wields considerable power here, and the Garda are under pressure to close the case. Katie has to work alone if she is to catch the killer in timebut first she must shatter a wall of silence that for decades has hidden a terrible secreta secret that is beyond belief.


SERIES: Mercedes Thompson Graphic Novels, Book #1.1
AUTHOR: Patricia BriggsDavid LawrenceAmelia Woo
PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment
PUBLICATION DATE: March 1, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 128 pages
GENRE: Graphic Novel, Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781606902035
"Mercy Thompson inhabits two worlds without truly belonging to either. To the human inhabitants of Tri-Cities she's an oddity, a fiercely independent woman who repairs cars for a living. To the town's darker residents; werewolves, vampires, and fae, she's a walker, a last-of-her-kind magical being with the power to become a coyote. Mercy warily straddles the fine line dividing our everyday world from that darker dimension...

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stacking The Shelves and Sunday Post


This meme is hosted by Tynga over at Team Tynga's Reviews, which she describes as follows:

"Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!"




Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

The weather here is gorgeous, and I am planning to do this for the rest of the day:





Have you all been taking advantage of the FREE audiobooks that SYNC has been offering? I love this program! Each week during the summer, there is a new pair of audiobooks up for grabs and you need to download them before the new pair is up which takes place every Thursday at 7:00 AM EST. The pairing consists of a newer YA book with a classic or non-fiction title, and it's based on a weekly theme. The books are suitable for ages 13+.

Here are the Week 13 FREE audiobooks, which you can download HERE. You have to download them by 7:00 AM EST on July 27th. Once you have downloaded them, the audiobooks are yours to keep forever and listen at your leisure.

Here is information about Week 13's theme:

This week, AudiobookSYNC offers a pair of dark fantasies in which young people are pitted against the odds of survival. The sceneries may be fantastic, and yet there are real-world matters at their cores.

GONE by Michael Grant is the first title in the popular series of the same name. Narrator Kyle McCarley, for Tantor Media, lends distinct voices to each of the characters here: a band of kids who have awakened to a world in which everyone older than 14 has completely vanished. Power struggles ensue, as they did in William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies, with the added twist that some of the kids in Grant’s tale also happen to be imbued with magical powers.

Paired with that selection is Tania Unsworth’s THE ONE SAFE PLACE, narrated by Mark Turetsky for HighBridge Audio. In this genre blend of mystery and fantasy, Devin falls in with two other teens, one of whom lures them to a garden populated by confused young children who seem to be contained there by disturbingly cheerful guardians. Turetsky imparts Unsworth’s rich and intense imagistic language with clarity, fully developing Devin, a character with both a photographic memory and synesthesia.

This week’s pair is likely to entice listeners into seeking more audiobooks featuring the revelatory power of fantasy. As with each title in the AudiobookSYNC program, the publishers have provided handy lists of listen-alikes on the same web page as the featured title download. While these listen-alikes aren’t available through SYNC this summer, you’re likely to find them in nearby library collections, ready for you to borrow. 


Gone
by Michael Grant
(Gone, Book #1)
***Squee!!!! I've wanted to read this series for a long time, so I'm super excited for this one!!

The One Safe Place
by Tania Unsworth


This was one of Audible's Daily Deals this week that I bought for $3.95:

A Merciful Death
by Kendra Elliot
(Mercy Kilpatrick, Book #1)


If you join Macmillan's Heroes & Heartbreakers Book Club (which is free online), you will get a free romance ebook to download each month. Here is this month's freebie:

Wild Card
by Lora Leigh
(Elite Ops, Book #1)



Recap: Last Week On The Blog

Sunday: Stacking the Shelves and Sunday Post


Friday: Audiobook Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Burntown by Jennifer McMahon


What books have you added to your shelves this week? If you are also participating in either of these memes, please leave me the link to your blog post in the comments so that I can come and drool over all your goodies!

Friday, July 21, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Burntown by Jennifer McMahon @jennifermcmahon @PRHAudio

TITLE: Burntown
NARRATOR: Abby Crayden
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: April 25, 2017
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 10 hrs and 28 mins
GENRE: Thriller, Mystery
Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as "Burntown".

Eva Sandeski, known as "Necco" on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father, Miles, drowned in a flood that left her and her mother, Lily, homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, it's this machine that got Miles murdered.

Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called "Snake Eyes", Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive.

There are the "fire eaters", mystical women living off the grid in a campsite on the river's edge, practicing a kind of soothsaying inspired by powerful herbs called "the devil's snuff"; there's Theo, a high school senior who is scrambling to repay the money she owes a dangerous man; and then there's Pru, the cafeteria lady with a secret life.

As the lives of these misfits intersect, and as the killer from the Sandeski family's past draws ever closer, a story of edge-of-your-seat suspense begins to unfurl, with classic Jennifer McMahon twists and surprises.

MY REVIEW:

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for voluntary review consideration.

If you are looking for something that’s really different, this is the one for you! Burntown is a wondrously strange mix of mystery and supernatural that will keep you entertained.

The story is centred around the Sandeski family. We first go back in time to 1975, when Miles Sandeski (age 10) witnesses a man in a rubber chicken mask creep up on his mother who is lying on a lawn chair. The man in disguise bends down to say something to Miles’ mom, Elizabeth, and she laughs. The man then slits her throat and Miles, who is pretending to be Robin Hood and is hiding in the bushes, launches an arrow at the man and strikes him in the back. Miles’ father, Martin, is later arrested after police discover the mask and knife in his vehicle and he commits suicide while in police custody. Miles is then raised by Martin’s sister, Holly. His father left him a letter, telling him where to find the plans for Thomas Edison’s secret invention which had been acquired by Martin’s father who worked for Edison. The device was intended to be used to communicate with the dead.

Miles becomes best friends with his aunt’s neighbor, Lily, and their friendship blossoms into love when they get older and they marry. They have two children, Errol and Eva.

Miles decides to build Edison’s invention, and he uses the machine to make contact with his mother, who tells him the name of her killer. Many years pass before the machine is turned on again, and Elizabeth warns the Sandeski family that they are in danger. Miles and Errol are killed in a flood, and Lily and Eva escape. They live on the streets, in hiding. Lily dies, and the police rule her death a suicide but Eva is suspicious. Then Eva’s boyfriend is killed, and Eva is afraid that she is the next target.

McMahon provides an eclectic mix of characters, from fire-breathers to a woman named Pru (loved her!) whose ambition is to be the largest fat lady that ever was in the circus and who has built an entire circus in her living room, and a girl named Theo who falls in love with a drug dealer who has seduced her into believing their lesbian relationship is something special but really she and is two-timing her with a guy and is only using her. I enjoyed this character-driven story, and I will definitely read more of McMahon’s work!

Narrator Abby Craydon is new to me, and I thought she was great. I found her voice very pleasant to listen to, and I especially loved the voice she gave to Pru. Here is a sample of the narration:




MY RATING:
3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it. Thanks again to Random House Audio for the opportunity to review this audiobook!

This book qualifies as:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy @AlexandraSirowy @simonteen

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa @ Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.


Here is this week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: July 25, 2017
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 448 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Mystery
ISBN: 9781481478427
It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.

A secret society – for the four of us.

The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.

We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.

Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.

But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.

We wanted revenge.

We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.

Our invention ratcheted out of control.

What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

This one sounds weird and creepy!


What are you waiting on? Please leave a comment in the section below. If you participate in this meme, please leave a link so I can visit your blog!

Monday, July 17, 2017

High Summer Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #HSreadathon @truebookaddict


The High Summer Read-a-Thon has begun!


I'm Reading:


Broken Angels
(Katie Maguire, Book #2)
by Graham Masterton

Burntown
by Jennifer McMahon
[on my iPod]


Final Girls
by Riley Sager
[on my iPod]


Next Up:


Beyond Exile
by J.L. Bourne
(Day by Day Armageddon, Book #2)



Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins
[on my iPod]



My picks for Michelle's Christmas in July Readathon will be:


by Fiona Harper


by Debbie Macomber
[on my iPod]


I will post my updates on Twitter using the #HSreadathon hashtag, and then do a wrap-up post at the end of the read-a-thon on my blog.

Thanks again to Michelle at Seasons of Reading for hosting!
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