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Sunday, April 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




Our warm weather has cooled off a bit. Yesterday, we actually had heavy snow flurries for about three hours! We broke a record with approximately 8 cm of snow (still waiting for the official word on the amount). I didn't take a picture of my place, but here's one that someone else took:


Thankfully, everything melted by afternoon...but still! Spring is always a bit unpredictable. We've even had blizzards in May!



If you missed it earlier, I have ARCs to swap. Check out MY POST to see if there's anything there that you'd like to read. If so, please let me know! I'd love to trade with someone. I will be adding to it once I have a chance to dig through boxes and bookshelves.


I received this audiobook for review:


Where Dead Men Meet
by Mark Mills


Thanks again to Blackstone Audio!


Recap: Last Week On The Blog

Sunday: Stacking the Shelves and Sunday Post





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!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost @BlackstoneAudio

SERIES: Night Huntress, Book #1
AUTHOR: Jeaniene Frost
NARRATOR: Tavia Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: March 31, 2010
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 17 mins
GENRE: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon, Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side...and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Jeaniene Frost lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. Jeaniene also loves poetry and animals but fears children and hates to cook. She is currently at work on the next novel in her best-selling Night Huntress series.
MY REVIEW:

This series starter blew me away!

I recently listened to Reckoning, the prequel featuring Bones, and I really enjoyed it. This one was even better! I absolutely love Catherine “Cat” Crawfield, the half-breed offspring of a vampire father and human mother. Her mother was a victim of date rape, and Cat always knew she was different but didn’t know why. Her mother didn’t reveal the details until she was 16 years old. Cat takes it upon herself to rid the world of as many vamps as she can by trolling for them in bars and making it appear that she is easy prey. Her quick knife-work takes them by surprise. One night, Cat gets the brush-off from a vamp who is waiting to meet someone else. She does end up leaving the bar with him, but she can’t fool him with her act. Cat agrees to an alliance with this vamp, Bones, who tells her more about her father in one conversation than her mother has told her during her lifespan. He promises to help her find her father if she will work with him, and she will be permitted to continue to slay vamps but only the ones he authorizes. Bones trains Cat, and they end up developing feelings for each other.

Cat and Bones have an undeniable chemistry. It started off with snarky and sarcastic banter, but Bones made remarks here and there that revealed his feelings for Cat long before he spelled it out. I love seeing Cat embrace who and what she is, and she’s straddling a fine line between unleashing the evil inside of her (according to her mother) and living according to her nature. She also matures and understands that being a vampire doesn’t necessarily make you evil, no more than being a human makes you a good guy.

The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger, and I totally get why Cat does what she does but I just want to shake her! I can’t wait to continue with the next book in the series, which is Happily Never After.

In the prequel, Reckoning, I thought that narrator Tavia Gilbert’s voice was a little too feminine for Bones. She does Bones just right in this one! She nails everything perfectly, and I will continue with the audiobooks for this series. I actually own this book in paperback format as well as a few more in the series, but I opted to listen as my library offers the series on Hoopla. Here is a sample of the narration:




MY RATING:
5 stars!! It was superb, and I will likely re-read it. You should definitely put it in your TBR if you enjoy urban fantasy or paranormal romances! It won the 2007 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Urban Fantasy.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday: Skitter by Ezekiel Boone @ezekiel_boone @RandomHouseCA @AtriaBooks @EmilyBestler


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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



TITLE: Skitter
SERIES: The Hatching, Book #2
AUTHOR: Ezekiel Boone
PUBLISHER: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: May 2, 2017
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 352 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 
9781501125072
Tens of millions of people around the world are dead. Half of China is a nuclear wasteland. Mysterious flesh-eating spiders are marching through Los Angeles, Oslo, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, and countless other cities. According to scientist Melanie Gruyer, however, the spider situation seems to be looking up. Yet in Japan, a giant, truck-sized, glowing egg sack gives a shocking preview of what is to come, even as survivors in Los Angeles panic and break the quarantine zone. Out in the desert, survivalists Gordo and Shotgun are trying to invent a spider super weapon, but it’s not clear if it’s too late, because President Stephanie Pilgrim has been forced to enact the plan of last resort: The Spanish Protocol. America, you are on your own.

I just finished reading the first book in this series, The Hatching, and I really enjoyed it! I can't wait to read this sequel!!


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!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book #TopTenTuesday


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today's list is:

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book


  1. Any book claiming to be creepy, scary, or terrifying will practically guarantee that I will pick it up!
  2. Anything written by Dean Koontz.
  3. A psychological thriller.
  4. A book with a haunted house.
  5. Zombies!
  6. Paranormal, especially werewolves or vampires.
  7. Mythology.
  8. Christmas feel-good stories.
  9. Cozy mysteries.
  10. WWII fiction or non-fiction, set in concentration camps.


So, what things will make you instantly want to read a book? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Spring into Horror: Starting Line #Readathon #SpringHorrorRAT @truebookaddict


The Spring Into Horror Read-a-Thon has begun!



by Brian Moreland
[on my iPad]


by Michael McDowell
[on my iPod]


Others on my TBR (not sure what I'll pick next):

(As the World Dies, Book #2)
by Rhiannon Frater


(As the World Dies, Book #3)
by Rhiannon Frater


(Flu, Book #1)
by Wayne Simmons


(Flu, Book #2)
by Wayne Simmons


I will post my updates on Twitter using the #SpringHorrorRAT 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!

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf.

TITLE: Eve
SERIES: Eve, Book #1
AUTHOR: Anna Carey
PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
PUBLICATION DATE: October 4, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 318 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopia
ISBN: 9780062114181
The year is 2032, 16 years after a deadly virus wiped out most of the earth's population. The night before 18-year-old Eve's graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her.



Something from the library. I'm a big Alice Cooper fan, though I'm not a fan of golf!

AUTHOR: Alice Cooper
PUBLISHER: Crown Publishing Group (NY)
PUBLICATION DATE: May 1, 2007
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 260 pages
GENRE: Autobiography/Memoir
ISBN: 9780307382658

The man who invented shock rock tells the amazing and, yeah, shocking story of how he slayed his thirsty demons--with a golf club. It started one day when Cooper was watching a Star Trek rerun between concerts, bored and drunk on a quart-of-whiskey-a-day habit; a friend dragged the rocker out of his room and suggested a round of golf. Cooper has been a self-confessed golf addict ever since. Today he and his band still tour the world, playing some one hundred gigs a year . . . and three hundred days out of that year, Cooper is on the course.

Alice Cooper, Golf Monster is Cooper's tell-all memoir; in it he talks candidly about his entire life and career, as well as his struggles with alcohol, how he fell in love with the game of golf, how he dried out at a sanitarium back in the late '70s, and how he put the last nails in his addiction's coffin by getting up daily at 7 a.m. to play 36 holes.

Alice has hilarious, touching, and sometimes surprising stories about so many of his friends: Led Zeppelin and the Doors, George Burns and Groucho Marx, golf legends like John Daly and Tiger Woods . . . everyone is here from Dali to Elvis to Arnold Palmer.

This is the story of Cooper's life, and also a story about golf. He rose from hacker to scratch golfer to serious Pro Am competitor and on to his status today as one of the best celebrity golfers around--all while rising through the rock 'n' roll ranks releasing platinum albums and selling out arenas with his legendary act.


Something from my bookshelf. This is my vintage 1970 edition, which I've kept from my childhood! I'm reading it aloud to my daughter, and our plan is to make our way through the whole series. This is a re-read for me, but I honestly don't remember a thing about it! It read it when I was young.

SERIES: Oz, Book #2
AUTHOR: L. Frank Baum 
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: 1970 (first published 1904)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 192 pages
GENRE: Children's Fiction, Classics, Fantasy
ISBN: 0590085654

"You'll never bother me again," says Mombi the witch, "once you drink this magic brew."

"What'll it do?" cries poor Tip.

"It will turn you into a marble statue!"

Tip's heart beats wildly.

Can a mere boy escape from a witch's evil power?

But this is Oz -- the marvelous, magical land where anything can happen!


I'm listening to:

Something from my review pile.

PUBLISHER: Tantor Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: March 7, 2017 
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 7 hrs and 44 mins
GENRE: Autobiography/Memoir, Sports and Games/Sports
A captivating memoir of one woman's attempt to complete Alaska's legendary race, the Iditarod, led by her team of huskies with whom she forms a fascinating and inextricable bond and gains unique insights into canine behavior.


I just finished:

SERIES: Night Huntress, Book #1
AUTHOR: Jeaniene Frost
NARRATOR: Tavia Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
PUBLICATION DATE: March 31, 2010
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 11 hrs and 17 mins
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon, Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side...and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

Jeaniene Frost lives with her husband and their very spoiled dog in Florida. Although not a vampire herself, she confesses to having pale skin, wearing a lot of black, and sleeping in late whenever possible. And while she can't see ghosts, she loves to walk through old cemeteries. Jeaniene also loves poetry and animals but fears children and hates to cook. She is currently at work on the next novel in her best-selling Night Huntress series.

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, April 16, 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



Happy Easter, everyone! We've had a beautiful week. I woke up to a thunderstorm at 6:00 a.m. on Good Friday. So much for sleeping in! It rained again last night, and our grass is turning greener!


If you missed it earlier, I have ARCs to swap. Check out MY POST to see if there's anything there that you'd like to read. If so, please let me know! I'd love to trade with someone. I will be adding to it once I have a chance to dig through boxes and bookshelves.


I received this audiobook for review:


Into the Water
by Paula Hawkins


Thanks again to Random House Audio!


I downloaded this FREEBIE from Penguin Random House Audio website HERE:


While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
by Wendy Wax

Thanks, Penguin Random House Audio!


I downloaded this FREEBIE from Audible HERE:


Ponzi Supernova
by Steve Fishman

Thanks, Audible!


Recap: Last Week On The Blog

Sunday: Stacking the Shelves and Sunday Post







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, April 14, 2017

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone @ezekiel_boone @RandomHouseCA

TITLE: The Hatching
SERIES: The Hatching, Book #1
AUTHORS: Ezekiel Boone
PUBLISHER: Random House Canada
PUBLICATION DATE: July 5, 2016
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 320 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 9780345816481

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, D.C. laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.

MY REVIEW:

Reading this book will make you feel imaginary creepy-crawlies all over you! I can’t remember the last time that a book creeped me out as much as this one!

I hate spiders. I’ve always hated spiders. When I was a kid, I would check under my covers every night and the ceiling for spiders. If I saw one, I’d scream for my mom to come kill it. I wouldn’t exactly say that I have arachnophobia. I just really don’t like spiders!

Ezekiel Boone has set out an apocalyptic novel that’s right out of my nightmares: Deadly spiders taking over the globe! It starts in Peru, where a billionaire is on an eco-tour through the jungle with a bevy of beauties, his bodyguard, and a tour guide. He watches as a river of flesh-eating black spiders swarm over his group, and he doesn’t stick around to find out what happens. He gets bit by a spider but manages to brush it off. He orders his pilot to return to the United States, and he starts to feel unwell. As the plane approaches Minneapolis, it crashes. Special Agent Mike Rich is sent to inspect the scene to determine if the plane was brought down by an act of terrorism or if it was a malfunction. While inspecting the body of the billionaire, he watches as a spider crawls out of his cheek. Mike is able to capture it and it is sent off to Professor Melanie Guyer at American University in Washington, DC who is a biologist specializing in the use of spider venom for medicinal purposes. Meanwhile, one of Dr. Guyer’s grad students has a friend in Peru on an archaeological dig and has found a box that is estimated to be 10,000 years old. Inside the box is an egg sac, which has also been by courier to Dr. Guyer’s lab.

Strange happenings are occurring elsewhere in the world as well: There is seismic activity in India that is not related to an earthquake, China has dropped a nuke on itself but claims it was a military accident, the U.S. Marine Corps in California have been ordered to report immediately, and prospectors in Afghanistan find more than just rocks when they go digging in a cave. The President of the United States becomes nervous when she gets wind of the lethal spiders that have been spotted, and she orders her Chief of Staff, Manny, to contact his ex-wife, Dr. Guyer.

This is a fast-paced story that jumps from one part of the globe to another. At first I found it confusing to keep track of all the different characters, but it got easier as I got further into the book. My favourite characters are the survivalists in Desperation, California who are holed up in underground bunkers waiting for the end of the world. I'm rooting for them to be the last ones standing and finding a way to destroy the spiders! Boone has set things up beautifully in The Hatching with intersecting storylines and what I hope will be an even better sequel with Skitterwhich is expected to be released in May.

Here are a couple of book trailers. Which do you think is scarier: The UK version or the US version? Personally, I think the UK one is more frightening!

UK version:


US version:


MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy horror! Thanks to Goodreads and Penguin Random House Canada for the giveaway!

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