Top Ten Tuesday: Its My Birthday!

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 July 17: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories

This is a great idea for a list. I’m going to keep my selections to under 200 pages. I’m also going to try to limit the selection of books that are part of series to a minimum so that you don’t have to have read a ton of other books to know what is going on.

Ten short stories that I enjoyed.

  1. The Egg This is one of my absolute favorite stories by Andy Weir.  It is super short and available on his website if you want to check it out.
  2. Annie's Day Another short story by Andy Weir that is also available on his website.  This one has a great twist and is a bit longer.
  3. Spock Vs. Q (Star Trek: Spock Vs. Q, #1) If you are a Star Trek fan then I highly suggest you get your hands on this audiobook as it is so much fun!
  4. Dead Trees Give No Shelter Sticking with the Star Trek theme. Wil Wheaton who played Wesley Crusher on Next Generation has written this short story that is pretty good and available for purchase on his website.
  5. Chasing Sam (Vegas Mates, #1) I know I said I would stay away from series but this is a novella that is the first book in series.  It was really good if you are into shifter stories.
  6. For Love of an Angel (The Fallen Warriors #1)  This is another first in series about angels this time.  I only ended up finishing three books and all of them were novellas.  I should check into getting the last three books.
  7. Genesis This is a dystopian novella that has a great twist at the end.  I even got my husband to read it and he enjoyed it!
  8. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi This book was amazing!  It is the longest title on the list but it is a compilation of short stories by the great John Scalzi.
  9. Alpha & Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) This is another series book but is a prequel to the Alpha and Omega series.  If you are going to read this spin-off series then I highly suggest starting with this one because the next book will make a lot more sense.
  10. A Very Levet Christmas (Guardians of Eternity, #11.5) Alright, this book is something like 11.5 in its series but it was a cute Christmas read featuring one of the beloved characters from this world.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s list and if you were wondering what the blog title is about it is my 44th birthday today!  I’m scheduling my post so today is actually May 8th so I don’t know if I have plans or I might even be at work.  Anyway, I thought I would share. Have a great week.


Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler

Book Review


Shotgun LovesongsBook Genre: Fiction, Contemporary 

Book Series: N/A

Released: 3/11/14 by Thomas Dunne Books

Pages:  320 Price$25.99 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library. 



Book Synopsis:

Hank, Leland, Kip and Ronny were all born and raised in the same Wisconsin town — Little Wing — and are now coming into their own (or not) as husbands and fathers. One of them never left, still farming the family’s land that’s been tilled for generations. Others did leave, went farther afield to make good, with varying degrees of success; as a rock star, commodities trader, rodeo stud. And seamlessly woven into their patchwork is Beth, whose presence among them—both then and now—fuels the kind of passion one comes to expect of love songs and rivalries.

Now all four are home, in hopes of finding what could be real purchase in the world. The result is a shared memory only half-recreated, riddled with culture clashes between people who desperately wish to see themselves as the unified tribe they remember, but are confronted with how things have, in fact, changed.

There is conflict here between longtime buddies, between husbands and wives — told with writing that is, frankly, gut-wrenching, and even heartbreaking. But there is also hope, healing, and at times, even heroism. It is strong, American stuff, not at all afraid of showing that we can be good, too — not just fallible and compromising. Shotgun Lovesongs is a remarkable and uncompromising saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again — and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires. 

My Review:

Book Talk book time for me.  Last month I struck out with my selection of A Visit From the Goon Squad but this month I seem to have hit it out of the park with Shotgun Lovesongs!  I came back from vacation to find several of the books returned already and thought, oh no, they hated my pick again.  Then I see that several other books by this author have been ordered and everyone stopping by my desk tells me how much they enjoyed this book! So yay.

I had not read it yet and was still apprehensive about what I would think about the story because popularity in the community does not automatically mean it will be something I enjoy as well.  It did take me until about halfway through my listen before I realized that I too enjoyed this story.

Not usually a fan of contemporary fiction I selected this book for our book talk for its music theme that fits in with our summer reading program.  I also liked how it was based in an area of Wisconsin that most of my patrons will be familiar with.  The small town lifestyle and relationships of the characters were also things that I thought would be relatable to our group.  I was correct on all of these points.

So, what did I think of the book?  For me, it was the torch that Leland carried for Beth, his best friend’s wife, that won me over.  His love for her and respect for their marriage just broke my heart.  He loved Beth, never stopped, but eventually found a way to be happy for them.  Of course, he almost fucks it up and destroys not only the marriage but his friendship with Henry.

I also enjoyed reading Ronny’s story.  He is the glue that holds this friendship together over the years.  You end up spending much of the book feeling sorry for the man, which was intentional, but I was delighted to see how things ended for him. Finding a happiness that no one expected.

I was a little less enamored with Beth than the boys of this story were.  I wanted her to have more of a backbone and stand up to Henry who spent the second half of the book punishing her for a crime she didn’t commit.  I so wanted her to smack him upside the head and tell him to get his head out of his ass and get over it.  She never cheated on him and his being an ass over a something that happened when they were not together was not fair on his part.

I don’t remember the last friend much.  Kip had more of a supporting role and almost seemed like an afterthought.  We did have one interesting story about his time in Chicago that about broke my heart but other than being there as a catalyst for events involving the other three I don’t feel like I got to know him very well.

My final thoughts on this book are this.  It was a beautiful story. One about friendships and how they change over time.  About love and the one that got away.  Small town life and the rights and rituals that help keep a community together.  A story about finding home and learning to be happy there.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: My Pick!

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

July 10: TTT Throwback

This week we get to pick a previous TTT topic that we might have missed out on or simply want to revisit.  After reviewing the list of past topics I’ve settled on #43 Books I want to see as movies.  This feels like a fairly fresh topic and not similar to ones we might have done recently.  I am going to put one twist on the topic, however,  I am going to select which books or series I would like to see as tv shows.

Ten books that I’d like to see made into tv shows.

  1. Dying Bites (Bloodhound Files, #1) The Bloodhound Files:  The basis of this series is an FBI profiler is taken into a parallel dimension where earth evolved a little differently.  Vampires, Weres, and Golems are all real and make up most of the world.  Humans, on the other hand, are almost extinct.  Not having the expertise to deal with a problem they are facing they pull the lead character into their timeline and convince/force her to solve cases for her.  I could see this as a weekly show.
  2. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Night Huntress:  I know, I know this tv show would essentially be a Buffy the Vampire Slayer rip-off.  I don’t really care, though, and would love to see this series as a tv show.
  3. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley Davidson: Okay so maybe this series shows up on my blog quite often recently.  Mainly due to my reread of the series.  I strongly feel that this could be a great tv show.  The characters, the eye candy, the mystery.  I would turn in every single week for sure!
  4. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicagoland Vampires:  Chicago and Witches and Vampires and Shifters and Fae…Oh, my!  This show could have some great location shots in Chi-town.  You could also feature the food along with famous landmarks.  Then there is the whole paranormal element that hasn’t been done in a Chicago tv series that I can think of.
  5. Lock In (Lock In, #1) I often thought while reading this book that it would make a great detective series on tv.  Set in the near future and features a lead character detective who also has a major disability.  This could really take off on tv and open people’s minds to think of people with disabilities as functioning members of society.
  6. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1) Now this series didn’t follow the crew of the Wayfarer into book two but I think a series following a rough and tumble group of misfits whose job is to create tunnels across the universe could be a lot of fun.  A rougher version of Star Trek maybe.
  7. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) The Hollows: A show about a bounty hunter in a skewed reality that looks and feels a bit like the Earth we know but all the paranormal and supernatural elements have come out of the closet.
  8. The Fold This might work better as a mini-series as I’m not sure how you could create a recurring plot out of the story.
  9. The Space Between the Stars This book also might be difficult to stretch out over several seasons.  It would be interesting to see a bit of history before the events of the book so maybe a season or three if you then continue to what happens after the book finishes too.
  10. Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)  Blackdagger Brotherhood:  I would so love to see this series and all its glory in a tv show format.  Not for regular tv like CBS or NBC.  Oh no, I want all the violence, language, and sex up on the screen so this would need to be handled like the Sookie Stackhouse or Game of Thrones series and be put on pay tv.

What book series do you think would make good tv series?  Share in the comments!

Top Ten Tuesday: Red, White, and Blue

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

July 3: Books with Red, White, & Blue Covers

Happy Fourth of July tomorrow everyone in the United States.  The fourth has always been my favorite holiday mainly due to childhood memories.  This year we are celebrating a little differently but I am excited about the change and hope that maybe my husband and I could start a new tradition. This week’s list was a bit more challenging than I thought it would.  It is so easy to find a cover that is red, white, or blue but to find all colors on one cover is a bit tougher or in the genres, I read at least.  I did manage to find ten that I feel fit but it is tough to use those three colors and not have a patriotic book cover.  There might be other colors in the covers below but all three we are looking for should be there.

Ten Red, White, & Blue covers

  1. Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed, #2)
  2. How to Speak Chicken: Why Your Chickens Do What They Do & Say What They Say
  3. A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels, #1)
  4. A Touch of Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, #4.1, #4.3, #5.1, #7.1, #8.1)
  5. Fated (Dark Protectors, #1)
  6. You Suck (A Love Story, #2)
  7. The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
  8. Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, #1)
  9. Bled Dry (Vegas Vampires, #3)
  10. Viper (Sons of Sangue, #1)

So how did I do?  Sorry for the lack of commentary but I thought the selections were pretty self-explanatory.  Have a Happy Fourth of July!

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Book Review


The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed AmericaBook Genre: Non-Fiction, History, True Crime

Book Series: N/A

Released: 2/11/03 by Random House

Pages: 447 Price: $25.95 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  



Book Synopsis:

Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds—a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.

The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

My Review:

Next week my husband and I will be spending some time in Chicago and Hyde Park is on my list of places to explore.  I decided that I wanted to read something either set in Chicago or Non-Fiction about Chicago and this book has an excellent reputation.  I was fortunate that it became available a week before our trip and I could listen to it before our trip.  I was a little hesitant being that the book is pretty far out of my typical reading taste but decided to give it a chance knowing I could always DNF if I didn’t like it.  Much to my surprise I ended up loving the book and spent every spare moment I could find listening to the history of Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair.

Like another reviewer stated, this is actually two books in one.  One storyline follows the creation and running of the World Fair and the other follows what is considered America’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes.  One of these stories interested me far more than the other.   Not being a fan of hearing about a psychopath lure and con unsuspecting individuals to their death I wish there had been a way to skip those parts.  I read this book purely for the story of how the Columbia Exposition came to be.  That part was fascinating to me while the other plot was quite disturbing.  Larson does an okay job of piecing these two plots together but in the end, I have to agree with another review I read and the two subjects have little to do with each other besides geographical location and that some of the murders took place around the same time as the fair.  If you are into such dark history then this part of the book might be perfect for you.

For the plotline that I was interested in, it was fascinating to hear what all it took to create such a grand fair.  I needed to remind myself that this was 125 years ago and society was vastly different from it is today.  While I found the blatant racism and sexism upsetting it is authentic to the era that was being depicted.  While some individuals in this country want to “Make America Great Again” we have to stop to consider if America was truly “great” back then.  Do we want to return to a time when women architects were paid 1/10 of their male counterparts if they were allowed to compete at all?  Or to a time when work conditions were so shitty that many lost their life or limb on the job?  Or we consider whole groups of our country as second-class citizens?

Politics aside it is a fascinating part of our history, one we can learn from.  I wish that the group putting the fair together had managed to get their act together quicker, however.  Perhaps then most of the structures would not have been built out of temporary materials and more of the fair could have lasted to the modern era.  I still plan to visit Jackson Park next week though, and thanks to Larson I will be able to imagine what it must have looked like in 1893 when America built a White City to impress the world.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Lost Interest.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 June 25: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish

I’m going to have to put some limitation on this list because it could quickly get out of hand.  I’m going to exclude series where I’ve read only one or two books.  I’m going to say I needed to have read five or more books before calling it quits.  Five books demonstrates some level of commitment to the series and I will usually stick with them for longer than that.

Note:  I know this published on Monday…  I’ve been writing up these TTT blogs a few months in advance and must have gotten the date wrong for this week.  I’m not going to redact it and re-post it tomorrow.  This week I’m just a day early.  Sorry.

Ten book series I’ve given up on.

  1. Midnight Breeds by Lara Adrian 15/23 read:  This series simply became too difficult to follow with a ton of novellas showing up in anthologies where that would be the only story read.  When I dedicate myself to a series I like to read all the books and to have to pick up a bunch of books for just one short story.  I also started having trouble keeping all the second generation characters straight.
  2. Broken Heart by Michele Bardsley 10/19 read:  This series was a case of waiting too long for the next book.  I think the author lost the publisher or changed publishers halfway through and there was a delay in release.  I simply lost interest along with too many novellas in anthologies.
  3. House of Night by P.C. Cast 6/12 read:  I made it halfway through this series.  I was never super excited about it and eventually asked myself why I was reading them.  All three-star ratings.
  4. Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole 7/19 read:  Only one of the books I read in this series made it to three stars.  The other six were all two-star ratings.  I truly don’t understand why I stuck with them that long.  I probably bought them…
  5. Scanguards Vampires by Tina Folsom 8/12 read:  I’m surprised I have given up on this series as I actually really enjoyed it.  There was one book I DNF due to violence or something but I had planned on simply skipping that story and picking up with the next book.  That never happened and I’ve simply moved on.
  6. Half-Moon Hollow by Molly Harper 5/12 read:  Another series with tons of novellas in anthologies.  Although, that isn’t what ended my journey with this series.  This was a case of constantly being turned down for an ARC and then never making time for the book once it released.  I eventually just quit trying.
  7. Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey 8/13 read:  I might even own two of the remaining book in this series but I am so over YA that I don’t even care that I paid for them.
  8. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin 5/7 read:  I don’t care anymore.  I’m done.  Not that the sixth book will ever come out.
  9. V.I. Warchawski by Sara Paretsky 12/20 read:  I slowly lost interest in this series as my taste changed.  Out of all the series on the list, this is the one most likely to be picked up again.
  10. Vampire for Hire by J.R. Rain 10/29 read:  This is a case of the author made me mad.  He decided to not offer his self-published books through Barnes and Noble anymore and I decided to stop reading his stories.

What series have you decided to be done with?  Share in the comments!

Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Book Review

Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)Book Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #3

Released: 12/29/1982 by Pan

Pages:  224 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.  



Book Synopsis:

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.
They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.
How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!

My Review:

I have to confess I listened to this book twice.  Not because it was so great but because when I sat down to write the review I realized that I had not paid attention for most of the book and didn’t know anything that happened.  So, I was going to town the next day and decided to go shopping and decided to start the book over again.  It is only five hours long and shopping took up three or four of those so it wasn’t a great hardship.  I liked enough of what I could remember to want to go back and see what I missed.

I did manage to pay a bit better attention for most of the book in the second listening but that final hour and a half I still lost interest.  I’m not going to try a third time.  I did like the book and have enjoyed the series for the most part.  Got to love quirky British humor.  I think the main problem for me was this story was simply a bit disjointed for me. Too much all over the place and didn’t hold enough continuity.  It wrapped up nicely and brought everything around in a full circle but everything in between left me a little lost.

For much of the book, the group was separated from one another and pairs of them were off doing their own thing.  I needed the chemistry of the whole gang together for it to work for me.

I did enjoy the social commentary and observations that I noticed and that is what is going to keep me coming back for the next book.  I’ve also taken a shining to Arthur Dent.  He is such the reluctant hero who just wants a cup of tea and to be left alone while continuously being dragged into this crazy plot.  Loads of fun when I can focus.  Perhaps this is a book that would have worked better for me in print.  I would have missed out on some great narration, however as the reader does an excellent job of portraying these characters.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Vacay reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

June 19: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach

This feels pretty similar to a TTT list I wrote up recently, maybe the books and travel something or other.  I know we have done lists similar to this one in past summers and I would like to post some fresh titles.  So I’m going to look for titles that I would like to take on vacation.

Ten books that I’d take on Vacation

  1. Carpe Demon (Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, #1) The cover of this one just screams light summer read.  A demon-hunting soccer mom?  Sounds like a hoot to me.  Looks like I might even have it on my nook so I could read it on my phone and save some space.
  2. A Lot like Love (FBI/US Attorney, #2) We are going to be spending five days in Chicago this summer so why not pack a suspenseful romance set in the city!  This is book two which I happen to have in paperback form perfect for reading on the train.
  3. Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1) This book is a brick so not really ideal for taking on a trip but the pirate/historical/paranormal/romance might be fun for a Caribbean beach.  I’ll check to see if the audiobook is available with my library.
  4. Bloodsucking Fiends (A Love Story, #1) I’ve only read one series by Christopher Moore that consisted of two books.  I enjoyed them and thought his humor might be fun for vacation.  After all who wouldn’t want to laugh while relaxing.
  5. Island of the Sequined Love Nun Mr. Moore made it on to the list twice because I couldn’t decide between the two books.  I believe I have the other one on hand but this title seems more fitting for a beach vacation.
  6. Private Eye (Tiger's Eye Mystery, #2) I enjoyed book one of the paranormal urban fantasy series set in Florida.  They have beaches in Florida right?
  7. Agent to the Stars Another fun funny author, John Scalzi would be great for reading on vacation.  I might hold off taking this one simply because it was signed to me when I met him in Iowa City.  Yep, I name dropped.
  8. Afterburn & Aftershock (Jax & Gia, #1-2) Maybe you are in the mood for a little steam while you have your toes in the sand.  One of Ms. Day’s books should hook you up for a little summer romance that is sure to have you blushing.
  9. Space Unicorn Blues I put in a review request for this title as it looked like a lot of fun.  Maybe I will be approved, maybe not but with a July 3 release date I’m not sure I can get a hold of a copy before my vacation.  People visit bookstores on vacation right? Update:  Turned down for an ARC, probably won’t be going out of my way to pick it up or get around to reading it.
  10. Every Demon Has His Day (Demon, #1) Chick-lit: check, romance: check, paranormal: check, humor: check this one ticks off my list of books I’d enjoy while sitting on a beach or by the pool.  Sounds like fun.

There you have my list of contenders for my upcoming vacation in Chicago this summer. I’ll probably be too busy to read but a book blogger always has to be prepared for a reading emergency.  Seriously, though I’ll probably take a couple of audiobooks for walking around and L riding and a paperback to read on the train into town and before I unwind before bed.  What book would you take on vacation?  Share in the comments.


Vampire’s Faith by Rebecca Zanetti

Book Review


Vampire's Faith (Dark Protectors, #8)Book Genre: Romance, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Dark Protectors #8

Released: 6/19/18 by Lyrical Press

Pages: 292  Price: $5.99 ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. 



Book Synopsis:

Vampire King Ronan Kayrs wasn’t supposed to survive the savage sacrifice he willingly endured to rid the world of the ultimate evil. He wasn’t supposed to emerge in this time and place, and he sure as hell wasn’t supposed to finally touch the woman who’s haunted his dreams for centuries. Yet here he is, in an era where vampires are hidden, the enemy has grown stronger, and his mate has no idea of the power she holds.

Dr. Faith Cooper is flummoxed by irrefutable proof that not only do vampires exist . . . they’re hot-blooded, able to walk in sunlight, and shockingly sexy. Faith has always depended on science, but the restlessness she feels around this predatory male defies reason. Especially when it grows into a hunger only he can satisfy—that is if they can survive the evil hunting them both.

My Review:

The Dark Protectors was a completed series and the author had moved onto other series including a spin-off that failed to capture my interest.  I loved the series and was sad to see it go but completely satisfied with where it left us.  After rereading my review for book 7, however, I see that I had wished the author would revisit the world and continue someday.

Well, today is that day!  If you don’t take into account the novella and short stories…  Anyway, Vampire’s Faith is a full-length novel set in the Dark Protectors world and I’m thrilled to see that this series is back!

I wasn’t sure what to expect but I knew there were going to be a strong-willed defiant female lead and a pig-headed yet completely sexy alpha male that would swoop in and throw her over his shoulder to claim her as his mate.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The action was plentiful and nicely paced, and the romance full of tension and chemistry.   I so enjoyed watching Faith defy and attempt to resist Ronan knowing full well he would win her in the end.  some days you are just in the mood to read about a female standing up to a pushy mate.  My only complaint about their relationship is one sex scene near the end bothered me a bit as it felt that sex was being used for a punishment and I’m just not into that sort of thing.  Otherwise, this was a great couple and I enjoyed reading about their pairing.

If you are looking to check in on some of the previous characters in this world you might be a bit disappointed.  They were mentioned several times but largely stayed out of the plot.  We do have a couple of their kids play prominent roles in this new book but the rest stay out of the picture mostly.  I don’t want to spoil the plot but the way the story went gives me hope that the series will continue and we might get a chance to see familiar faces.

This was a great read and I loved the fresh plot and new adventures that await us.  If you enjoyed the first seven books you won’t want to miss this one.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Have book will travel

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

June 12: Books That Awaken the Travel Bug In Me

I imagine we have done variations on the travel topic for TTT in the past.  Not feeling very creative today,  I’m trying to finish up an audiobook, I’ve decided to pick two locations that I enjoy visiting and share the books that make me long for those locations.  I’ve visited Turkey and Chicago the most so I’ll try to find five for each.

Ten books that make me long for…

  1. Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints Turkey: This is a non-fiction book about the author’s summer spent in Turkey.  It was an interesting and fairly good example of travel in Turkey a few years ago.  With the current government and war raging in Syria I cannot recommend going their anytime soon.  I suggest living vicariously through books like this one.
  2.  Indemnity Only (V.I. Warshawski, #1) Chicago:  If you have ever seen the movie V.I. Warshawski this is the book series the movie was based upon.  I enjoyed the series before moving onto paranormal books.  Set in Chicago these books were a lot of fun to read as V.I. took us around the city.  I always suggest them to fans of the city.
  3. The Bastard of Istanbul Turkey: Such a beautiful cover featuring the traditional Turkish tile. This is written by a Turkish author who does a great job of capturing the city in which she lives.  Also, a little bit of the controversy between Turks and the Armenian minority of the country.
  4.  The Time Traveler's Wife Chicago:  I’ve mentioned this book many times in my TTT lists.  Another reason I enjoy the story is that it takes place in Chicago and features many of the landmarks that I am familiar with.
  5. My Name Is Memory Turkey:  This is a time-travel reincarnation story that includes several locations in Turkey as its plot unfolds.
  6. Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1) Chicago: Not the typical type of romance story that I pick up but I was in need of an audiobook one week and saw that this one takes place in Chicago.
  7. The Oracle of Stamboul Turkey: a beautiful historical book set in Istanbul that sweeps one away to the age of sultans in a city that was the crossroads of civilization.  It was a wonderful way to explore the streets of Stamboul.
  8. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Chicago:  Probably my favorite series set in Chicago!  Love this one so much that I’ve made plans to visit some of the locations and food mentioned by the author.
  9. Cybele's Secret (Wildwood, #2) Turkey:  This is another historical book set in Istanbul but also takes us to a region of Turkey I’ve never been to.  The Black Sea coast was never up on my list of must-see in Turkey but this book makes me think it might be worth a trip.
  10. When Darkness Comes (Guardians of Eternity, #1) Chicago:  This was another paranormal romance/urban fantasy series set in Chicago with some other areas around the mid-west featured as well.

Another week another list.  What books set in locations you’ve been to have you read?  Share in the comments.