Saturday, June 10, 2017

Weekly Book News

 Yay for another great week of reading! Somehow, despite-- or because of-- the utter chaos that is my house, now that we are packing boxes and moving them into the garage, which needs to be organized also, I'm enjoying all my reads and grabbing my time when I can. I usually read every night for about 3 hours, but now I'm carrying my Paperwhite around for those unexpected moments of downtime

As mentioned during the week, I relented and joined NetGalley again because I need to slow down on the e-book buying, read my own titles, put more library books on hold, and visit the Friends of the Library used bookstore more. Anyway, for now I have control over my NG addiction and am not requesting too many more than what I'm reviewing. Have to watch the publication date though; some of the new titles I received don't release for a month or so and I want to read them now :) Maybe I will...

Read-- linked to my reviews:
  1. Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Rokesbys #1)
  2. The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter NG
  3. A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot (Mercy Kilpatrick #2) NG

Currently reading: 
The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka (Roxane Weary #1) NG new to me author

Received from NetGalley for future reading: 
1. The Right Side by Spencer Quinn-- new to me author
2. The Truth We Bury by Barbara Taylor Sissel-- enjoy this author
3. Close to Home by Robert Dugoni (Tracy Crosswhite #5)-- enjoy this series!
4. When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen-- new to me author

My own books recently acquired:
1. Pane and Suffering by Cheryl Hollon (Webb's Glass Shop Mystery #1): pub. 2015 Backlist Challenge in mind
2. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham: pub. 1992 Backlist Challenge in mind {my son's book; he's reading it now}
3. Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton (Van Shaw #1): pub. 2015 Backlist Challenge in mind

I joined Lark for this challenge...
@ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

Enjoy your week... stay calm and read a book!
note: Apologies to many of my bookish friends, whose blogs I haven't been visiting or commenting on. Apparently my Spam Folder was just full up with unread messages from 9-10 bloggers I'd signed up to follow! And... they were all WP folks, so I must have something clicked wrong somewhere. I realize now that you really were posting new things that I missed out on, or subscription links that I didn't get to activate! This makes me really annoyed, but problem solved, so I'm going to stay calm... and read a book, of course!

Weekend linking to:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
(Rokesbys #1)
 Mass Market Paperback, 375 pages
Published March 29th 2016 by Avon

Because of Miss Bridgerton.... 
I smiled-- grumpy ol' reader of serious books that I am-- after an annoying bout on the phone with insurance reps.
Because of Miss Bridgerton...
I laughed out loud-- in several places-- and the dog tilted her head to say, "what's up?"
Because of Miss Bridgerton...
I brought the Kindle to bed to finish the last few chapters despite a wearying day of cleaning out a few closets.
Because of Miss Quinn...
I may have discovered another genre to fall back on when my dark mysteries start to drag me down

It's light, it's fluffy, it's not earth-shattering, nor did I learn a history lesson, but I had fun...and I rate my books based on *my enjoyment* not on whether the masses will enjoy it, so this one got top honors from me. 

Thanks, Miss Bridgerton-- Billie-- such a delightfully strong-willed and funny MC ...and thank you Miss Quinn for your creativity!!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: The Weight of Lies

The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter
disclosure: received from the publisher through NetGalley for an unbiased & honest review

Kindle edition: 382 pages
publisher: Lake Union Publishing
expected release date: June 6, 2017 
genre: suspense, psychological thriller, contemporary Southern gothic mystery
in a series? no
would read this author again? oh yeah!
cover love: very much so, nice imagining of the MC & the topic 
rating: 5/5 
recommend? yes
maturity level? if this was a film it would be rated R for mature themes, some detailed violence 

excerpt from book blurb:
"Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page."

my thoughts:
Where to begin? I don't need to recap the story; the blurb is quite descriptive. If you haven't read the back cover yet, then don't, and go in cold with no idea of the story. Ah yes, and please pick up this book asap if you love an intense, head-turning, twisty-plotted, hold your breath, on the edge of your seat thrill! 

Here's your chance-- it releases today! I requested it from NetGalley based on just one respected book blogger's high praises, and not to go all "fan-girl" on you, but this is a special treat for any readers who love psychological suspense! A moody, atmospheric, contemporary suspense written in a Southern Gothic vein. Whatever you think this is about, it isn't. Whoever you think is the guilty party, they aren't. Whenever you think the story must be over, it won't be. And when you close the book, you'll still be thinking about it and saying, What the heck just happened?! It will definitely be on my favorite books of 2017 list! Enjoy!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: A Merciful Truth

A Merciful Truth by Kendra Elliot (Mercy Kilpatrick #2)

(I only write formal reviews for books received for review consideration)

disclosure: received from the publisher through NetGalley for an unbiased & honest review
Kindle edition: 322 pages
publisher: Montlake
genre: romantic suspense
cover love: very nice- catches my eye, represents the plot
rating: 4/5, very good!
expected publication- U.S: June 6, 2017
part of a series?- yes, #2... but I didn't realize when requested, and I've yet to read book #1
would I continue?- yes, now I do want to read book 1 to learn of the previous issues raised by the MCs during this story
would I recommend?- yes, to other lovers of romantic suspense 
maturity level- if it was a film: would be rated PG-13, no explicit sensual scenes or graphic violence

book blurb:
"Raised by a family of survivalists, FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick can take on any challenge—even the hostile reception to her homecoming. But she’s not the only one causing chaos in the rural community of Eagle’s Nest, Oregon. At first believed to be teenage pranks, a series of fires takes a deadly turn with the murder of two sheriff’s deputies. Now, along with Police Chief Truman Daly, Mercy is on the hunt for an arsonist turned killer.

Still shunned by her family and members of the community, Mercy must keep her ear close to the ground to pick up any leads. And it’s not long before she hears rumors of the area’s growing anti-government militia movement. If the arsonist is among their ranks, Mercy is determined to smoke the culprit out. But when her investigation uncovers a shocking secret, will this hunt for a madman turn into her own trial by fire?"

My thoughts: 
note: I'm once again requesting a few NG titles to supplement my library borrowing and less buying of books, since we are cutting back on luxuries in preparation for our move this summer. 
I really enjoyed this book! I'd read one Kendra Elliot title a while back... and while I enjoyed it, I don't remember loving it. I was expressly searching for a romantic suspense and saw this title on NetGalley and recognized the author, so I requested it. I was pleasantly surprised, even after I realized my mistake; I hadn't read book #1 in this series yet. There wasn't a problem with this being read as a stand-alone, but I would've better understood the relationships between the main characters and the supporting characters--of which there were many-- if I had. The actual crime-solving mystery was unaffected by skipping the first book because it didn't rehash the same problems from book one. 

The main character, Mercy Kilpatrick, is an FBI agent in her early 30s who has transferred back to the same small town, Eagle's Nest in eastern Oregon, where she grew up. She comes from a family of  "preppers", those who believe that they must plan for a catastrophe-- whether an act of God or man-made, and stockpile supplies and learn how to be self-sufficient. Mercy has been estranged from her family for years, but still believes in the prepper movement, and even has her own rural cabin hidden in the woods, full of supplies, though she lives in town.

Her love interest is Truman Daly, the local police chief, and they get involved working on a case together about a rash of arson attacks, which then turn deadly when bodies are found at a scene. While Mercy investigates, she gets the feeling that the person or group of people responsible might belong to a home-grown militia: a radical group that believes in autonomy and not in the laws of the government. Suddenly Mercy is concerned that the criminal/s could be involved in both the prepper movement and the militia, and she no longer feels welcome or safe with the people she grew up around.

Good story-- worth a read for many of you!