Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wishing for Wednesday: Brief Cases & The Book of M



Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. (Based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.)



Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher
Release Date: June 5, 2018 by Ace

Why I want to read this one: The Dresden Files, featuring Chicago's very own Wizard Private Investigator, is one of my favorite series, and so is it any wonder I would be looking forward to reading even this short story collection by Jim Butcher, starring characters from the series?

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The Book of M by Shepherd Peng
Release Date: June 5, 2018 by William Morrow
Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Like The Passage and Station Eleven, this haunting, thought-provoking, and beautiful novel explores fundamental questions of memory, connection, and what it means to be human in a world turned upside down. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this one: I do not often read books like this, but I do enjoy them when I do. This one sounds like it will be both intense and emotional. I can't wait to read it.

Have you read the Dresden Files series? Do either one of these books appeal to you?
What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading? 


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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Weekly Mews: Happy Mother's Day & My May TBR Winner

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. 

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are mothers or in mother-like-roles, whether you have human or furkids (or both). I hope you are celebrating the day in style, whether it be something extravagant or a quiet day at home reading. My husband and daughter took me out for breakfast Saturday morning (to avoid the Sunday crowds).

My daughter calls days like today "in-climate weather days." Cloudy and gloomy. A little rain. We have set aside the sandals we wore earlier in the week, and have put our socks back on for the time being.

Gracie hasn't quite taken to the new kitten, but that was expected. The new kitten's name is Nina, courtesy of Mouse. She went back and forth between that and Fuzzy. My husband is relieved Nina won out. We have had her home for a week now, and she's made herself quite at home. She's a climber and a bit of a daredevil. We have been showering Gracie with extra love and attention to reassure her she's still queen of the house.



What I Am Reading: I am in the middle of Aimee Molloy's The Perfect Mother, a thriller about a missing infant and the mothers in a mommy group, all with their own secrets and drama. It's good so far!

What I Am Watching: I started watching Iron Fist the other day. It's one of the Marvel series on Netflix. I am actually quite enjoying it, despite the negative reviews I had come across when it first came out.

What I Am Worried About: I was able to get one car problem taken care of only to discover more work needs to be done. Fitting everything in I need and want to do. I am feeling a bit overwhelmed these days.

What I Am Looking Forward To: A Dairy Queen Blizzard. I have been craving one all week.

What I Am Grateful For: My cuddly cat and playful kitten. My daughter's zest for life and never-ending curiosity.




Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week?

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Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 





Many thanks to everyone who voted in this month's poll! I am very excited to get started on this month's winner, Victoria Gilbert's A Murder for the Books.



Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful April and Happy Reading!


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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Bookish Thoughts: Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss

I was going to jail.  ~ Opening of Pressed to Death


Pressed to Death (Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum #2) by Kirsten Weiss
Midnight Ink, 2017
Crime Fiction (Cozy); 338 pgs
Source: Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the first book in the series and was pleased with this second installment as well. The Harvest Festival is about to get underway and Maddie, owner of the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum, just has to put the final touches on her display. Only, good ol’ Laurel, a detective with a chip on her shoulder, is accusing Maddie of being a thief. Evidently the former owner of the haunted grape press Maddie is using for her display has reported it stolen. Maddie knows it wasn’t. She got it fair and square from a collector who had bought it from the wife of the accuser. With the grape press taken as evidence, Maddie must get creative if she is going to put up a display at the festival. While there, she agrees to help her mother who is a part of the Ladies’ Aid Society set up their event. Then Maddie unwittingly discovers a body—the body of the very man who had accused Maddie of stealing his grape press. Of course, this puts her at the top of the suspect list.

Maddie does not want to investigate another murder. It isn’t her place after all. But it seems the town is taking bets, and her mother is applying pressure. Could the murder be related to someone in the Ladies’ Aid group whose members recently had a falling out? Perhaps one of the people the victim rubbed the wrong way? He wasn’t well liked after all. Or what about the outsider looking into buying up area vineyards? Maddie's mother is acting awfully strange and so are her friends for that matter. As Maddie tries to ascertain the truth, she must stay under the radar of Laurel as Laurel is determined to pin something on Maddie, no matter what it is. (Laurel’s grudge against Maddie is rather ridiculous if you ask me. I really do not like that woman.)

Maddie can’t help it that she’s been caught up in recent murders in town (both this and the first book in the series). They really aren’t her fault, are they? I love how in this novel she doesn’t start out investigating, but people seem to expect her to and so open up to her. Which, of course, leads to her asking questions.

On the personal front, Maddie’s boyfriend’s is hiding something, and while he praises Maddie’s understanding and patience, his long absences and failure to return her calls are weighing on her. Maddie isn’t sure she wants to know, and uses the murder investigation as an excuse not to confront him. I cannot say I am disappointed about this turn of events with Mason. It may open a door for Detective Slate, with whom, even in the first book, seems to have some sort of connection with Maddie. I quite like Detective Slate, and so would not mind if that’s the direction the series goes. Even so, I do like Mason.

One of my favorite aspects of this series is the mystery involving a haunted object. In the first book, it was a photograph, and in this one it is the grape press. The grape press is sending out quite a few negative vibes and no one wants it around. Maddie isn’t exactly one to embrace the paranormal being rather skeptical herself, but she does love a good mystery. Finding out what happened to the two lovers associated with the grape press would certainly make a good story for the museum too.

This could easily be one of my favorite cozy mystery series given how much I have enjoyed the two books I have read so far. It is funny and entertaining, with the right dose of suspense and drama that keeps me wanting to come back and visit with the characters. Pressed in Death had plenty of twists that kept me guessing, although I had a strong suspicion of the whodunit early on. I need to make time soon to read the next book in the series, Deja Moo!


To learn more about Kirsten Weiss and her work, please visit the author's website. You can also find her on Twitter.


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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Wishing for Wednesday: Dreams of Falling and Us Against You



Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. (Based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.)


Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Release Date: June 5, 2018 Berkley
New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this new contemporary women's fiction novel about best friends who share a devastating secret, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

It's been nine years since Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that she both loves and dreads--and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. Ivy, Larkin's mother, is discovered in the burned out wreckage of her family's ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways.
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this one: Secrets from the past . . . You know I can't resist a story like this one.

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Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman
Release Date: June 5, 2018 by Atria Books
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beartown and A Man Called Ove, hailed as “a writer of astonishing depth [with] the remarkable ability to make you understand the feelings of each of a dozen different characters” (The Washington Times), a heart-wrenching story of how loyalty, friendship, and love carry a town through its darkest days.

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown’s new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you’ll ever see; Benji, the intense lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. But bringing this team together proves to be a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up and their mutual contempt grows deeper. By the time the last game is finally played, a resident of Beartown will be dead, and the people of both towns will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this one: I have only read two of this author's books, and not yet Beartown, of which this is a sequel, but it's on my to read list. I can't resist a novel by Fredrik Backman. He is an amazing storyteller and his books always leave me feeling satisfied in the end. 


Do either of these sound like something you would like to read too?
What upcoming releases are you looking foward to. 


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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Bookish Thoughts: The Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman

Kostchei,

We have a problem. ~ Opening of The Lost Plot 


The Lost Plot (Invisible Library #4) by Genevieve Cogman
Ace Books, 2018
Fantasy; 369 pgs
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

I probably say this every time I talk about the Invisible Library books, but this is such a fun series. Dimension jumping, magic-wielding librarian Irene always seems to find trouble—or rather, it finds her. In The Lost Plot, Irene and her ever loyal assistant Kai are tasked with finding a missing librarian in 1930’s New York after hearing that one of their own may be in a compromising position. Prohibition is in full swing as are the gangsters, with dragons warring against each other for power. Not only does Irene find herself at the center of it all, but now she must find a way to divert a possible war involving the Library, and also make sure she and Kai stay alive. Finding the wayward librarian brings about its own challenges as does finding and retrieving the coveted book that has caused all the trouble in the first place.

Irene, as always, is a very capable heroine. Resourceful and able to think quickly on her feet. I love her energy. I am also a big fan of Kai, who is charming and just as capable. The two make a good team. They share many of the same values and just want to do the right thing. Irene and Kai take their responsibilities to the Library very seriously, but know that sometimes rules have to be bent for the greater good.

I loved the setting—a definite hint of history and yet with a big twist. The reader gets a closer look at dragon politics in this book, and it was interesting to see how Kai fits into it all given his relationship to the Library and to Irene. We get to see a side to Kai that we have only until now seen hints of.

High in action and intensity, The Lost Plot did not disappoint. There was also the wit and humor I have come to expect in this series. I continue to love this series. I know when I pick up one of these books I am sure to be in for a great read.

To learn more about Genevieve Cogman and her work, please visit the author's website. You can also find her on Twitter and Goodreads.


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