Friday, August 22, 2014

The Accidental Keyhand

Title: The Accidental Keyhand

Author: Jen Swann Downey [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Series: Ninja Librarians, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781402287701

Length: 358 pages + "Master Phillipus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus Von Hohenheim's Guide to Petrarch's Library"

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?: Um, ninja librarians? Of course I wanted to read it!

Comments:

I loved the idea of this going in. The very beginning introduction went fine.  But then things spun out of control.  If I'm being honest, I had trouble following the story for a bit (my own fault I'm sure).  

Anyway, about 2/5 of the way through things are explained a little more, and I finally started getting what was going on.  That was when I was able to begin really enjoying the story.

Dorrie and her (Star Wars obsessed) brother have been transported through time and space to a special hub of Lybrarians who protect the written word and spread of ideas from censorship throughout history.  

The Lybrarians decide to let them stay until a major conference while they determine what to do about these unusual circumstances.  But Dorrie and Marcus can't seem to keep out of trouble along the way.

Once I got into the story and setting, I found this to be a fun book. I enjoyed watching Dorrie and her brother during their adventures and look forward to reading more about them in the second book, Sword in the Stacks.

Note:

This is the first post I have done entirely on my phone, so I ask that you forgive any typos or formatting issues.

Monday, August 18, 2014

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (8/18/2014) #IMWAYR

  
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Life:

Nothing interesting to report.

Lately, I've been reading:
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Currently Reading/Listening To:



What have you been reading?

Scene of the Climb

Title: Scene of the Climb

Author: Kate Dyer-Seeley [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Kensington Mystery

Series: Pacific Northwest Mystery, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780758295316

Length: 294 pages + "Meg's Adventure Tips"

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

It was one of the many cozy books I have checked out an waiting to be read.

Comments:

A nice first in cozy mystery series.  I liked Meg, even though she went back and forth on the maturity front.

Meg has just landed a job writing for an outdoor adventure magazine.  She may be qualified on the writing front, but not so much on the subject.  But wait, there's more.  Not only has she gotten a position with this publication, but she now has a fantastic new story to write on a reality show that has reached the area featuring hiking and climbing many of the local nature areas.  Too bad she doesn't know what she's doing, and is afraid of heights, and there's a murderer on the loose.

I wasn't really trying to figure out whodunit, but I pretty much figured if Meg thought someone was the murderer, they were innocent.  Mostly because she is one of those quick to jump to conclusions characters.  I guess that is one of the areas where she seemed a bit less mature.

Anyway, I intend to read the next book, Slayed on the Slopes, due out March 2015.

Unquiet Drams, Unfallen Dead, Unperfect Souls

Title: Unquiet Dreams

Author:  Mark Del Franco [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: ACE Fantasy

Series: Connor Grey, Bk 2

ISBN: 9780441015696

Length: 292 pages

Obtained: Personal copy - www.paperbackswap.com

Why this book?:  I'm reading the series.



Title: Unfallen Dead

Author:  Mark Del Franco [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: ACE Fantasy

Series: Connor Grey, Bk 3

ISBN: 9780441016891

Length: 309 pages

Obtained: Personal copy - www.paperbackswap.com

Why this book?:  I'm reading the series.

Title: Unperfect Souls

Author:  Mark Del Franco [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: ACE Fantasy

Series: Connor Grey, Bk 4

ISBN: 9780441018383

Length: 338 pages

Obtained: Personal copy - www.paperbackswap.com

Why this book?:  I'm reading the series.




Comments:  I've been enjoying this series as a whole.  Connor (who does not look like the cover for the simple fact of his hair, btw), is trying to make his way in a life nothing like he had originally planned for himself.  But he is finding that he actually likes himself better this way.  He's looking for justice instead of power.  Of course, that means he is becoming more deeply involved in the building chaos and trouble that is becoming more and more obvious in the area.   I always have trouble giving my thoughts when I read books from a series with the same primary character in row, and this is no different.

So here are some brief and choppy thoughts.  And even though these are supposed to be about the individual books, some of the points actually apply to more than one.

Unquiet Dreams - We meet Connor's brother.  We have some evil, "I'm taking over the world bwah-ha-ha!" action (not in so many words, but still).  And of course that means lots of politics.

Unfallen Dead - Everything is falling to pieces, and many are blaming Connor.  (But is he really to blame?) Connor's memory seems to be missing on all the bigs events.  (Kind of weird because the reader still sees them and knows how it all went down.)

Unperfect Souls - Now violence, anger, tension, and turmoil is everywhere.  Connor has some internal problems threatening to take over.  Bad timing, that, because he has become something of a nexus for everything going on.  Some big secrets uncovered in this one, too.

Anyway, I've requested the library get the ebooks for the next two books in the series (as I maybe don't have them?).  Hopefully I'll be getting t them soon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (8/4/2014) #IMWAYR

  
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Life:

Life is full of change.  Yet same old, same old.

Lately, I've been reading:
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Currently Reading/Listening To:



What have you been reading?

Unshapely Things

Title: Unshapely Things

Author: Mark Del Franco [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: ACE Fantasy

Series: Connor Grey, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780441014774

Length: 305 pages

Obtained: Personal copy - I'm unsure of where I got it.  My best bet would be www.paperbackswap.com.

Why this book?:

I've read it before years ago.  I knew I enjoyed it, and I wanted to continue with the series (most of which I also own ), but I needed a refresher as I had forgotten most of the story.

Comments:

Well, first, I had forgotten that Connor is a druid.  It was interesting to compare his world to the one found in Kevin Hearne's books.  They are very different.  Apparently Connor was a powerful dud e working for the powerful entity - the Guild.  But then there was an incident and he no longer has his full powers (or at least no longer has access to them), and now he's scraping by doing occasional consulting for the Boston P.D.

Which leads to this current case of male prostitute fairies being murdered.  So Connor tries to figure out just who this murder could be, and he doesn't stop when everyone else seems to be done with the case.

I've already started the 2nd book in the series, Unquiet Dreams.

Monday, July 28, 2014

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (7/28/2014) #IMWAYR

  
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Life:

I got a new used car - my first from a dealership.  And work is going crazy, with many, many staffing changes plus it being summer.  My dad is doing poorly, though I mostly try to tune that part of things out.  Ah, life.

Since my last Monday post, I've been reading:
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Currently Reading:

TBD.  I am currently between books.

What have you been reading?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Friendship Bread

Title: Friendship Bread

Author: Darien Gee [Website][Facebook][Twitteraka Mia King [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Series: Avalon, Illinois

ISBN: 9780345525352

Length: 363 pages + "Amish Friendship Bread Recipes and Tips" + "A Reader's Guide" (Including "A Conversation with Darien Gee" and "Questions and Topics for Discussion"

Obtained: Library book club book

Why this book?:

It was being discussed as the library's July online book discussion book.  I'm about to take on the task of running this discussion, so I thought I should read the book.  Besides, it sounded interesting enough.

Comments:

I got into this pretty quickly, though the actual reading around my schedule took longer than I would have liked.  There were quite a few characters to track, but they added - you know - character.

I'm going to try to keep this vague to lessen spoilers...

Anyway, parts of the story made me uncomfortable.  Namely, Julia's negativity toward her husband and Mark's tottering on the edge of messing things up.  Parts made me think.  Such as I couldn't help but wonder as the "aunt," how, in Livvy's position, what would have happened with me and my relationship with my sister?

Anyway, I especially enjoyed the end, which came together in a rush with hope and goodness and forgiveness and all those good qualities that make you feel warm and content.

I cannot wait to try starting some friendship bread of my own.  I vaguely remember us having some at one point in my childhood, but it is time to make new and fresh memories.  And I hope this is something I can share with the kiddos.

Oh, and I definitely want to read The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society, which follows this story.

Razing the Dead

Title: Razing the Dead

Author: Sheila Connolly [Website][Facebook] aka Sarah Atwell [Berkley Prime Crime]

Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery

Series: Museum Mystery, Bk 5

ISBN: 9780425257135

Length: 293 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this Book?:

I've been enjoying this series.

Comments:

I'm going to be honest.  I didn't quite buy into the situation that draws Nell into her sleuthing this time.  Oh, not once she stumbled upon a dead guy.  I get it from their.  But the situation that led to her being in that place at that time seemed a stretch.

Beyond that, though, I enjoyed this story as I have the previous four books in the series.  Nell has a lot going on in her life, between her romantic relationship (which was a bit more spotlighted in this book), staffing the Pennsylvania Antiquarian Society of which she is President, and the new project she has been offered (complete with monetary benefits if done well).  What's one murder investigation thrown in the mix?

Oh, and lest I forget the end.  Once Nell figured out whodunit, the mystery was tied up incredibly quickly.  I guess after the danger of the previous book this one needed to be more tame.  Not to be too spoilerish (though it may be that), but it all just happened and Nell wasn't even present.

Anyway, there is a short story titled "Dead Letters" that I need to read still.  Other than that, I look forward to reading the next book in the series whenever it becomes available.

365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life

Title: 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life aka A Simple Act of Gratitude: How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life

Author: John Kralik [Website]

Publisher: Hyperion

ISBN: 9781401324056

Length: 212 pages + "Appendix I" + "Appendix II"

Obtained: Library book club kit copy

Why this book?:

This was the selection for the August discussion of my grandma's book club.

Comments:

I feel like I should do a "Why this book? Part 2," because while this is the upcoming discussion book, I don't necessarily read them all.  And I did read this one.  Within four days of receiving my copy and well before the discussion date (I'm a bit late with this post).  I thought it sounded interesting before, and it's small (which usually means quick).  Plus, I appreciated the simple writing.

I didn't agree with everything the writer said and did (of course not!), but I did find the book inspiring.  I was excited after I finished reading it, thinking about who I could write notes to and telling my mother about the book.  I know I am not grateful enough in my life.  Reading this book didn't tell me that.  It inspired me to start improving in this area.

I look forward to the discussion about this with the book club.  I'm sure there are going to be some different opinions and interesting thoughts.

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