12 August 2012

3 Book Mini Review

I finished three books over the weekend, and decided to just review them all briefly:

AT GRAVE'S END, by Jeaniene Frost.
Night Huntress, Book 3

I've already raved about the first and second books in this series, and don't have much to add without repeating myself, except you NEED to read these books. Seriously.

(Btw, not loving this cover, especially compared to the cover of Book 2.)

Love Inspired Suspense #284; Fitzgerald Bay

My first time reading this author. Victoria Evans returns to Fitzgerald Bay after being away for ten years, to run an inn and raise her daughter, Paige - and to introduce her to her father, when the time is right. Owen Fitzgerald, a police officer, was in love with Victoria when they were in high school, but on the night that her father crashed his car into Owen's cousin's car, killing both drivers, Victoria left town. As did Hank Monroe, who also had a thing for Victoria, and who is now a police officer as well, sharing an office with Owen. Rumor has it that Hank is Paige's father, and Hank isn't bothering to deny said rumors. Meanwhile, the inn is broken into, not once, but twice, and Victoria and Paige are living in fear while the local police force tries to find the culprit.

For the most part it was pretty standard fare, but the last 30 or so pages (this is a large print, by the way) literally had my adrenaline kicked up and my fingers gripping the pages. So good job, Ms. McCalla!

NIGHTLIGHT: A PARODY, by The Harvard Lampoon

I haven't read Twilight. I have the book. I might read it some day. Or I might never get around to it. I did see the movie. So I felt I was familiar enough with it to read this.

I was hooked by the second paragraph:

"I had a dejected, brooding expression on my face, and I could tell from the reflection in the window that it was also an intriguing expression. "

This was the amusing story of Belle Goose, who travels from Phoenix to Switchblade, Oregon, to live with her father. Belle is excited to meet Edwart Mullen, and is eager for him to admit to her that he is a vampire, and to change her into one also.

Unfortunately, the ending went too far off the deep end, and was more tiresome than amusing.

(I received At Grave's End through BookCrossing; purchased The Detective's Secret Daughter through Harlequin Reader Service, and purchased Nightlight at a thrift store.)

10 August 2012

July Acquisitions

July was a busy month for my mailbox! I have really got to slow down on acquiring books and try to move some out first! Below are some of my new TBR books...not counting all the books I picked up at thrift stores his month!


Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris - I've been enjoying the Sookie Stackhouse books, though I've only read the first four so far.

Kick Ass, by Maggie Shayne, MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight, and Jacey Ford - I got this because I love MaryJanice Davidson. I don't think I've read anything by Shayne or Knight yet, and I can't recall if I'd even heard of Ford before now.

The Department of Lost & Found, by Allison Winn Scotch - I discovered this author thanks to Twitter.

I received three Catherine George books from a BookMooch member: Legally His; No More Secrets; and The Forever Affair.

A trip to the thrift store yielded some good results:

Nightlight: A Parody from The Harvard Lampoon - I've yet to read Twilight, but couldn't resist this book.
A Time to Heal, by Linda Goodnight - one of my favorite Love Inspired authors.
Never Love a Cowboy, by Lorraine Heath - I've never heard of this author, but the book sounded good. Turns out it's the second in her Rogues series.


Lord of Thunder, by Emma Merritt - I still love these bodice rippers!
The Cowboy's Homecoming, by Brenda Minton - I've read the first and second books in Minton's Cowboys series and really enjoyed them.

After a casual mention on BookCrossing that I had a few of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone series but wanted to read the series in order, two other members promptly sent me several more of the series:

B is For Burglar; C is for Corpse; D is for Deadbeat


E is for Evidence; I is for Innocent; J is for Judgment


M is for Malice; P is for Peril

And another BookCrosser surprised me with a RABCK (Random Act of BookCrossing Kindness), sending me a book from my wish list:

The Brightest Star in the Sky, by Marian Keyes. Ms. Keyes is one of my favorite authors, and introduced me to chick lit with Watermelon, which I just loved. I've loved all of her books so far.

02 August 2012

A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)


I finished this yesterday and I enjoyed it even more than I had anticipated I would. The first 1/3 or so I wasn't particularly in awe, but at some point I became completely captivated and didn't want to ever have to put the book down. I like that, while it's in the fantasy genre, the fantasy aspect of it does not just hit you over the head. It's about people and their daily lives, with some fantasy elements thrown in. My favorite chapters were the ones belonging to Tyrion, Jon and Ned. Sansa I did not care for at first, thinking she was quite spoiled and superficial, but at the same time, she was a product of the time she was being raised in, where girls were expected grow up and do feminine things and marry whoever their parents chose for them. And of course by the end I felt genuinely sorry for her.

I am most anxious now to get my hands on the second book, and to see the series, which I'll have to Netflix as I don't get HBO.

(I received this book through BookCrossing).