Weekly Round-Up 4/23/2017

I can’t believe it’s already late April. My son and I have 25 school days left and I mowed the lawn for the first time this year yesterday. Here in North Dakota the temperature has approached 70 a couple of times but we’re still in the 50’s most of the time, and expecting a lot of rain this coming week. Yesterday was quite exciting. I took my soon-to-be 17 year old son out to buy his first suit. He put on that suit and looked like he was ready to take on the world. I’ll try to get a picture after I pick it up from the tailors. His first prom is in 3 weeks! Ok, enough of the doting mother routine. Let’s check on the status of my TBR.

I picked up 3 books from NetGalley this week and I finished reading 3 books. I also took 1 book off the list because I just wasn’t enjoying it and decided I’m not going to finish it. So that makes the grand total 274. Since I added 3 and only finished one, my NetGalley score dropped back to 70%.

Coming Up

I finished reading “A History of Courtship” this morning and my review should go up tomorrow. I am currently reading “Actual Malice” by Breton Peace and Gary Condit,

Actual Malice

After that will be “Dead Watch” by John Sandford.

Dead Watch

I hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday. I will check in with you again next week.

Happy Reading!

 

“An Untamed Land” by Lauraine Snelling

“An Untamed Land” by Lauraine Snelling

Christian values and 1880’s Dakota Territory combine in this inspirational story. Roald and Ingeborg, Carl and Kaaren, two young couples from Norway emigrate together to America in order to take advantage of the homesteading opportunities in North Dakota. Just getting there almost costs Kaaren her life, but they have been researching and planning for this trip for years and are ready to hit the ground running when they arrive. Proving up a homestead is no easy task and finding the tools and livestock they need proves more challenging then they anticipated. The story follows these two couples through the first 3 years recounting their triumphs and tragedies, and demonstrating how their faith pulls them through.

I don’t normally read books in this genre but I was drawn to this one because the story takes place in the Red River Valley where I happen to live and I was looking for a change from my usual thrillers. The story did not disappoint. The pacing and creative of the storyline kept me well engaged. I think the author did a great job of bringing the realities of the homesteading life to the reader. My usual problem with this genre is that it can be quite preachy, but I did not find this to be true in this case. If this is a genre you enjoy then you won’t go wrong with this book. This is the first book in the Red River of the North series.

Alinefromabook’s rating: 3-5-star-rating  3.5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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“Everything You Want Me to Be” by Mindy Mejia

“Everything You Want Me to Be” by Mindy Mejia

Hattie is 17 and has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown in Minnesota. She dreams of the day she graduates from high school and can run off to New York City. Her senior year begins and the school has a new English teacher, a young, married man, who will change her life forever. Peter and his wife have moved back to his wife’s hometown to care for his ailing mother-in-law, a woman who seems to hate him. As his wife becomes more and more involved with her mother’s care, Peter starts to feel like the odd man out, and he misses the vibrancy of their life in Minneapolis. Just a few weeks before graduation Hattie is found dead in an abandoned barn and suddenly the whole town suspects Peter. Will the local police chief be able to unravel the secrets of Hattie’s life and catch a murderer?

I found the mystery in this book to be a fascinating one with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. There is a lot of angst being worked out in this story. Both the teenage variety, as Hattie is straining against her small town life, and Peter’s more adult variety, as he struggles with a troubled marriage and a life that is not fulfilling to him. The author has done a great job in crafting her main characters in a way that makes them appealing to the reader and also draws the reader in to the story. “Everything You Want Me to Be” is a great story and should appeal to a broad range of readers. I highly recommend it!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 4/16/2017

Alright, let’s open up the TBR and see where we stand this week. First, I’ve done a lot of reading this week and posted 3 new reviews, 2 books and a short story. I also added 2 items to the TBR, 1 book and 1 short story. This activity has bumped the TBR back up to 275. In addition, I now have 6 books in transit, and 3 pending requests on NetGalley.

Speaking of NetGalley, my score remains at 71%, though it did pop up to 72% for a day or two after I finished The Fifth Petal.

Coming Up

I am currently reading “Everything You Want Me to Be” by Mindy Mejia. Hope to finish it yet today. Everything You Want Me to Be

After that, I will be reading “Actual Malice” by Breton Peace and Gary Condit.

Actual Malice

I don’t have to go to work until Wednesday this week, so hopefully I’ll get another 2 or 3 reviews in this week.

Finally, I’m excited that I’ve gotten several new followers in the last few weeks. After being at a standstill for almost a year it’s nice to see that number going up a little. Enjoy the rest of your Easter and may all your reading dreams come true.

Happy Reading!

“Scarred” by Michael Kenneth Smith

“Scarred” by Michael Kenneth Smith

Synopsis:  After fatally shooting the Confederate sharpshooter who killed his best friend, Zach Harkin’s sense of revenge changes to deep remorse when he views the dead man’s diary and photo. Haunted, suffering from post traumatic stress, and unable to serve, he is mustered out of service. With scant information, he begins an epic journey to search for the dead man’s family. He is captured, imprisoned, tortured, and thoroughly tested as a human being, but after escaping, he never expects to find love in the war ravaged South.

My thoughts: I found this story very moving. Zach Harkin is so damaged by his war experience and yet still all he wants is to return the journal he found on a Confederate soldier to the man’s wife. What he thinks will be a relatively simple task turns into a nightmare for Zach. I liked that even when his circumstances were at their worst, he thought of other’s needs before his own. It’s not often that I come across a story set in the Civil War, but this is a moment of history that has always piqued my interest so that just added to my enjoyment. I cannot recommend this story highly enough, a real gem. I am looking forward to more from this author.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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“Death of a Pawn” by David Bruns and J.R. Olson

“Death of a Pawn” by David Bruns and J.R. Olson

This is short story and a companion to the Weapons of Mass Deception (WMD) series. The story alternately is told by Alberto Nisman, a special prosecutor in Buenos Aries trying to uncover a governmental conspiracy, and Rafiq, an assassin working with Hezbollah. Rafiq is assigned the task of assassinating Nisman. I was very impressed with the story and the writing. I wasn’t sure went I picked the story up that I would enjoy it but the authors do an excellent job of taking the reader into the drama. The story is short and succinct and I really enjoyed it. I would like to thank the authors for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to reading more from these authors.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!

Happy Reading!

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“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

“The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

I have just five words for you, my readers: You Must Read This Book! The Fifth Petal is a fascinating mystery involving witches and pirates and old oak trees. It all takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where questions seem to lurk around every corner. Rafferty is the local police chief, who took over the job just a few years after the infamous Goddess murders. He still feels the burden of the unsolved mystery, which occurred on Halloween. Years later, a young man dies on Halloween night and the same person was at the scene. Her name is Rose. Rose is a homeless woman who before the Goddess murders was a highly respected researcher. She was like a mother to the Goddesses and they lived in her home.

Callie is the center of this story. Her mother Olivia was one the Goddesses who was murdered. Rose was like an aunt to Callie and did more to raise her than her mother did. Callie was 5 when her mother was killed and she was at the scene when it happened. The murders left her with physical and emotional scars, and the trauma of the murders blocked out many of her memories of the time. After being taken in by nuns and shuffled arounds through foster homes, she becomes a music therapist. The nuns had told her Rose was dead, so imagine her shock when she sees Rose on the evening news being accused of the murder of a young man. Callie knows she must go to Rose but she cannot possibly foresee how meeting her again will change her life.

What did I like about this book? Everything! The characters in the story are loaded with personality and very likable. The story itself is loaded with twists and turns that keep the reader fully engaged. A lot of Salem history is cleverly incorporated and the descriptions immerse the reader in the place. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book, except that it left me wanting more. This is book 2 in a series and I can’t wait for news of book 3. I highly recommend you check this one out.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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Weekly Round-Up 4/9/2017

Welcome to the end of another week. I will forewarn you, I have had no self-control this week. So, let’s tally up the damages.

TBR

If you pay attention to such things, you will have noticed that I posted nothing this week. That’s because I didn’t finish ANYTHING this week. I believe this is a first since I started this blog. I have no explanation for this phenomenon. For the coming week, I do have 2 days off work, so maybe I will do some catching up before the next round-up. I added 2 books to the TBR this week, both audiobooks which I don’t usually do, so I’ll see how that goes. I also received a flyer from Pen & Sword this week of available to request books and I asked for all of them. That’s 5 books that are winging their way to me. It is my rule not to add books to the official TBR until I actually possess them which means there will be a spike coming in a couple of weeks. The official ending tally is 275 books.

NetGalley

Score remains at 71% because I haven’t finished any books this week.

Coming Up

I am a little more than halfway through “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry and I am loving it! If I don’t get my review up this week someone may have to conduct an intervention to get me reading again.

The Fifth Petal

After this is a short story called “Death of a Pawn” by David Bruns and then I think I’m going to go for a cozy mystery, for a little bit of a change, called “Pesky Politicians in Las Vegas” by A.R. Winters. Both of these were sent to me by the authors. I’ve read other books in A.R. Winters Tiffany Black series and enjoyed them so I expecting this to be a fun, shorter read. David Bruns is a new author for me and we’ll see how it goes. That’s all I have for today, guys.

Happy Reading!

Weekly Round-Up 4/2/2017

Look at me! It’s not even lunchtime yet and I’m writing my weekly round-up. The reason for this is my husband and I are going out this afternoon, so I figured I’d better get this done now while it’s quiet in my house. Let’s go ahead and get into this.

TBR

Current number is 273, up from 271 last week. Let me explain… I finished one book, a really great psychological thriller titled “Lies” by TM Logan which publishes on May 4, 2017. Lies My review will go up closer to the pub date.

I also acquired some books this week. Author A.R. Winters sent me a review copy of her new book “Furniture Fatality in Las Vegas”. I requested and received two books from NetGalley, “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz and “The Marriage Pact” by Michelle Richmond. Finally, Penguin Random House sent me “Watch Me Disappear” by Janelle Brown.

NetGalley

I finished one NetGalley book and acquired a couple more but my rating remains at 71%. I think because I’m slowly reducing the “over 3 months old” section of my reading list with them and I think that’s helping keep my number up.

Coming Up

I have just started “The Fifth Petal” which I am so excited to be reading. The Fifth Petal It’s a big one but I’m hoping to finish it before next weekend. After that I haven’t decided yet.

So that’s it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful week. We are finally getting spring temperatures where I am so I’m looking forward to leaving my jacket in the closet for a change.

Happy Reading!

“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

“Echoes from Death” by Helen Hanson

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

The Cruise FBI Thriller series just keeps getting better with “Echoes from Death” which is Book 3. Claudia and Baxter are back again and better than ever. This installment has them in Mazatlan, where Claudia is hoping to finally solve the mystery of Ravi’s death. It’s 10 years later, but an informant has come forward and Claudia gets permission to pursue it, unofficially. What neither Claudia or Baxter know is just how dangerous this search will be.

In this installment, Claudia and Baxter are finally a couple and I find their relationship to be really sweet. When she’s with Baxter, Claudia can finally let down the FBI tough guy stance and be herself. Baxter meanwhile, is so supportive and seems to have a 6th sense for what Claudia needs from him. This is a thriller so romance is low on the list, but I am really enjoying how this relationship is growing with each book. That being said, there are plenty of thrills and danger in this story. Whether on land or on sea, these two will not give up until justice is done. Helen Hanson fans will definitely love this book and if you haven’t tried her yet, you can’t go wrong with this series.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!

Happy Reading!

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