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Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 29, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and remembered why we celebrate. Barbecues are great and all, but don’t lose sight of what today really means.

Ok, I’m off my soapbox! Back to books. I’m still behind in my reading. Not sure why, but I just can’t get into anything! Guess that means I need to read a whole bunch of cozy mysteries, right? Seriously, how do you guys deal with a reading slump?

The only thing I finished this week was The Hate U Give, and even then, it was only because it was our book club book, and book club meets tomorrow. Just couldn’t get into it! I don’t think that’s the book’s fault, though, and I’m looking forward to the discussion tomorrow night. Since I’m way behind on posts, you’ll probably see that review later this week.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Eyes Wide Open by Isaac Lidsky

Review: Manny the Frenchie’s Art of Happiness

I Just Finished:

thehateugive

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings  thebearandthenightingale 

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch   

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 22, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

I’ve managed to get a little more reading in lately! I ended up taking a couple of days off from work and just used the time to veg and relax. It was much needed. I read a couple of light fluff reads, and started Beartown finally. It’s different from Backman’s other books -just as good, just not as light or whimsical.

I’m having a terrible time getting into Strange the Dreamer, so I decided to put that one on hold for now. I’ve also paused on Gone with the Wind, simply because I want to read it all at once, and I need to knock out a couple other books first. Like the Book Club book and the rest of my Netgalley queue…though I’m happy to report I’ve got my ratio up to 74%, which is pretty stinkin’ good.

Oh, and good news – I passed my test! I’m now a certified project manager. I was convinced I’d failed – so convinced in fact, that I didn’t bother reviewing any of my answers. I was so fed up by the end of the test that I just hit submit. Imagine my surprise when the computer flashed “CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING YOUR PMP EXAM” up on the screen. I’m pretty sure I jerked back, my mouth dropped open, and I probably made a little noise of disbelief.

Last Week’s Posts:

Blog Tour: How to be Everything by Emilie Wapnick

Review: Winter at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

Review: Summer at the Dog & Duck by Jill Steeples

I Just Finished:

lookingfortruffle 

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings  thebearandthenightingale  thehateugive

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen strangethedreamer gonewiththewind

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

ensnared theacidwatcher truthwitch   

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 8, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

By now, I feel like I’m on repeat – I didn’t read much! I warned you this would happen, didn’t I?

I take my certification test on the 15th, and I more or less think I’m ready. Ish? I’d better be. Failing this test would be super embarrassing, not to mention a pain in the neck. 

We just booked a trip back to Mexico for August, and I’m BEYOND EXCITED. We’re heading back to Royalton Riviera Cancun since we loved it so much the first time. Actually that reminds me, I need to finish the newest Resort Showdown post. I’ll try to get that up before we go again? Although if I don’t, it’ll give me a chance to take more pictures…

I finished two books this week, Joyful Trouble and Summer at the Dog & Duck (barely). I’ve been back in the office so I did listen to The Bear and the Nightingale a few times, but I didn’t even pick up any of the others, including Beartown. I’m seriously in a reading slump! One more week until things (hopefully) get back to normal.

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Pit Perfect by Renee George

Review: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I Just Finished:

joyfultrouble summeratthedogandduck

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings strangethedreamer gonewiththewind  thebearandthenightingale

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

thehateugive howtobeeverything ensnared theacidwatcher lookingfortruffle truthwitch   

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (May 1, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

It was another slow reading week. I’ll be happy when these next few weeks are over and life can get back to normal! I’m also still fighting with WordPress, because I did something stupid and used a redirect on my old site – which I shouldn’t have done. And now I can’t make it stop. Oy vey.

The folks at UpNature were kind enough to send me Lemongrass Oil to review.

In other exciting news, I finally got a bottle of Lemongrass Oil, so we can use something besides sandalwood or lavender in our diffuser at night. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of those, but I’m a little over them at the moment. This one is from UpNature and the bottle is HUGE. It smells amazing and word is, it’ll help keep mosquitoes away. Wish I’d had it a couple nights ago when I woke up with an enormous bug bite on my leg. We’re camping in a couple of weeks, so I’ll try it then!

Anyway, I didn’t finish anything this week. BUT. I read on Gone With the Wind, Strange the Dreamer, The River of Kings, and Summer at the Dog and Duck. I’ve been working from home with the pup, so The Bear and the Nightingale is on hold (I’m listening to it, and typically only on my commute). My NetGalley stack continues to grow, though I’m trying to be more selective. I’m actually really interested in everything I’ve got in the backlog, so that’s a win! But most exciting of all, I got Fredrick Backman’s newest, Beartown, and I CAN’T WAIT to read it. Seriously, I’m practically a Backman fangirl, and if you’ve never read him I’ll pester you until you do.

Last Week’s Posts:

Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Review: Zodiac by Romina Russell

I Just Finished:

Nothing. I need to get reading!!

What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings strangethedreamer gonewiththewind summeratthedogandduck

On Hold for the Moment:

salttothesea difficultwomen thebearandthenightingale

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

joyfultroublethehateugive howtobeeverything ensnared theacidwatcher lookingfortruffle truthwitch 

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (April 24, 2017)

bookbitesreadingrightnowWelcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

olgasharkcollar

Olga, sporting her stylish e-collar (we wear it backwards!)

It was another slow week for me. I’m still studying for my Project Management certification (I take the test mid-May). But more than that, my pup had surgery and then had minor complications. She’s doing well now, but it was a stressful week! She’s a cutie though.

I only finished one book this week, but made more progress on a bunch of others. I’m still working on Gone With the Wind and The Bear and the Nightingale, slowly but surely, and I finally started Strange the Dreamer. I also picked up The River of Kings, which I can already tell is going to be a wonderful book. It’s the kind you savor. And no surprise, my Next Up stash is growing!

Last Week’s Posts:

Review: Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

Review: Kanishk Tharoor’s Swimmer Among the Stars

I Just Finished:

Blue'sProphecy

 What I’m Reading Right Now:

theriverofkings strangethedreamer thebearandthenightingale gonewiththewind salttothesea difficultwomen

 Soon I’ll Be Reading:

joyfultroublethehateugive howtobeeverything ensnared theacidwatcher lookingfortruffle truthwitch summeratthedogandduck

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Missed what I read last week

Linkups

bookdatesundaypoststackingtheshelvesKathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: What I’m Reading Right Now (April 17, 2017)

Welcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! Here I chronicle what I’ve finished (and what you can expect reviews on soon!), what I’m reading right now, and what I’m reading next.

It was a slow week for me reading-wise. I spent a lot of time working on the launch of my new site (you’re here now!!) and studying for my Project Management certification. I’m testing around 70% at the moment, with a few weeks left before the exam, so it’s crunch time. I was lucky to get our Book Club book read!

I finished 2 books this week, and made slow progress on 4 others. Reviews for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Winter at the Dog & Duck should be up soon. I’m running about 3 weeks behind on reviews right now!

I’m still working on Gone With the Wind and The Bear and the Nightingale, slowly but surely, and I’ve got Strange the Dreamer I want to get to. My library loan for Salt to the Sea expired again, and I still haven’t made it more than a couple pages in Difficult Women, but that’s on my to-do list this week. Otherwise my Next Up stash hasn’t changed too much, though it’s about to – I’ve got a handful of blog tours on deck.

And, in case you missed the announcement, I’m now She’s All Booked! Sorry for any confusion in the switch from Fearless Creative, and hopefully everyone is still subscribed to posts. There’s a bit of a learning curve with WordPress, so bear with me! I’ll get it sorted out sooner or later!

This Week I Finished:

 

 

 

 

What I’m Reading Right Now:

 

 

 

 

Soon I’ll Be Reading:

 

What are you reading right now? Any must-read books I should add to my list soon?

Check out what I read last week

Linkups

Kathryn over at the Book Date hosts It’s Monday! What are you reading! It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly meme, The Sunday Post. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: April 10

Welcome to Book Bites, where you get a glimpse into my reading life! This past week I made another dent in my pile, knocking out a short story collection, a YA that I’ve had on my nightstand half-finished for nearly two months, a blog tour book, and a library loan. I abandoned one that won’t be getting a review because I had such strong negative feelings about it that it’s not fair to the author – I won’t be able to be constructive. I’m still working on Gone With the Wind (enjoying it!!), more short stories, yet another library loan, and a 17-hour audio book.

This week, I need to get started on our Book Club book, and I just got Strange the Dreamer, which I’m soooo excited about. And my Netgalley queue is growing because I simply can’t stay away!!

Just Finished

 

Currently Turning the Pages

Next Up

 

What are you reading? What should I read next?!

 

Linkups

It’s Monday! What are you reading! is hosted by Kathryn over at the Book Date. It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Book Bites: April 3

It’s time for another Book Bites post! I picked up a new audiobook this past week, and flew through it (Norse Mythology), as well as read a cute cozy. I’m still working my way through a couple of short story/essay collections, two YA that I keep having to renew from the library, and I started another book that’s been on my backlist for years. Expect to see Gone With the Wind on here for a while, since it’s 1000+ pages!

Just Finished


Currently Turning the Pages

Next Up

What are you reading? What should I read next?!

 

Linkups

It’s Monday! What are you reading! is hosted by Kathryn over at the Book Date. It’s a way to share what you’ve just read, are currently reading, and are reading next.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

April Book Reviews (2015)

April was kind of a slow month for reading. I read a couple longer books – that were great – and I finally picked up Storm of Swords again (the 3rd Game of Thrones book). I’m about 65% through it, so don’t expect it to show up anytime soon! Work has also been a bit nuts, with lots of traveling, so reading is sort of taking a back seat. May will probably be similar, but then it’ll be summer and reading time!!

Ratings

I use the Goodreads rating scale of 1-5 stars. I know sometimes it’s hard to stick to only 5 options…lots of times we want half stars!! But, half stars make things messy. My ratings tend to be on the somewhat conservative side, so keep that in mind. Also keep in mind that a 3 star rating doesn’t mean a book is bad. Generally, I choose books that I expect to enjoy (don’t we all?). If I do enjoy them, then they’ve met my expectations…so I give them a 3. Anything lower than 3 didn’t live up to my expectations, and anything above 3 exceeded them. I’m generally not looking for certain writing styles or plot lines or technical aspects. If something stands out (for good or bad), I’ll comment on it, but in general technical aspects won’t be the sole influencer on my rating.

Any questions on my ratings? If so, just ask, and I’ll try to clarify!

And now, on to the books!!!

Murder on the Eightfold Path (Mantra for Murder, #3)3 starsBook 3 in the Mantra for Murder series. I didn’t enjoy this as much as the first two – mostly because A.J. was kinda wishy washy in it. She kept saying that she wasn’t going to get involved in “sleuthing” and yet there she went. I don’t know, I just didn’t need her to keep pointing out that Jake the detective was going to be upset about it. And, after Book 2, I wanted more Andy!! But, at least things are shaking up a bit with the Sacred Balance Studio!

Death in a Difficult Position (Mantra for Murder, #4)3 starsI am so sad that this is the last book in the series….or at least, the last book out. I think there might be a 5th book, but I haven’t found anything definite. The mystery in this one was a little silly, but I just adore the characters and the world and the yoga theme.

It's Kind of a Funny Story3 stars

This was our April Book Club Book. We wanted something lighter, having slogged through Montaigne and All the Light. This wasn’t lighter, exactly, but it was easier.

Basically, Craig is your average 15 year old, except he suffers from depression. After getting so low he’s ready to kill himself, he ends up in the psychiatric unit at the hospital. While there (a mere 5 days) he learns to love life again and becomes a happy person.

I don’t mean to be flippant, but in a nutshell, that’s the story.

I have kind of mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I thought it was super depressing. On the other, I thought it was a great way to bring the topic of suicide and depression and mental illness into the cultural vernacular. This has been made into a movie, which I’d actually like to see. Other than that, I don’t really have a lot to say one way or the other. I think it’s one of those books that everyone will find something different in.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)4 starsI debated about whether to read this right away or wait, but in the end I had to know what happened next for Celaena! This one follows Celaena as she’s serving as the King’s Champion. It’s a bit darker than Throne of Glass, and definitely more complex. There were times I got a little lost in the details, to be honest. While it’s different, I enjoyed Crown of Midnight as much as Throne of Glass, and definitely recommend the series to fans of this style of writing. The way the story ends is nice too, because she’s about to set off on a journey. It’s sort of a cliffhanger, but mostly not. It’s a nice stopping point. Book 4 is coming out in September, so I’m definitely waiting to read book 3 – I don’t want to forget what happens!

At the Water's Edge4 starsI read Water for Elephants probably 8 years ago. I remember nothing about the book except there was an elephant, a circus, someone died (maybe?) and that I really loved it. The memory of that book was enough to make me excited about Sara Gruen’s newest book, but then I read the description. The Loch Ness Monster AND Scotland? Come on, the only things missing were Atlantis and the Titanic, and it’d have been the ultimate book. (Sara, couldn’t you have worked those in there somehow?)

I’ll admit I’m a bit of a freak and will read anything even remotely connected to Atlantis or Titanic, and frankly, Nessie is pretty high on that list too. Oh, and anything with a map on the inside cover. But that’s cause I’m bizarre.
So anyway, I was super excited about At the Water’s Edge. Even seeing several lackluster reviews weren’t going to stop me.
Sadly, this book had very little about Nessie. That said, I went into it with an open mind, and was not disappointed. Gruen has written another character story…..and if you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a huge fan of well-done character novels. To me, a good book is something that resonates with me….whether that’s the world, the plot devices, or the characters, I want to connect to the story somehow.
Maddie and her husband Ellis, and their good friend Hank, venture to Scotland towards the end of WWII so Ellis can essentially redeem his family honor by proving that Nessie exists. (For the record, the book never uses the nickname – I’m just lazy and don’t feel like typing Loch Ness out every time. Gruen uses the bland, though appropriate, “monster” for most of the book.) The story is really more about Maddie, her relationships with everyone around her, and her own personal growth.
A full disclaimer – Maddie is a little hard to love at first. She’s spoiled, bratty, and pretty pathetic. What Gruen does well is take a fairly unsympathetic character and make you give her a chance. Ellis, on the other hand, is positively insufferable, and gets worse every single time you see him. That’s intentional, and though you want to punch him in the face, it’s what makes the story – and Maddie – all the more interesting.
The Unwanteds (Unwanteds, #1)3 starsI just barely squeaked this one in April….and actually, I think I may have technically finished it May 1st. Shhh.
I came across this series in the book store and was instantly hooked by the cover. The story is about a group of kids called “Unwanteds” – basically, their society deems them useless and sends them to be eliminated. Turns out, there’s a super awesome dude named Mr. Today who sort of doesn’t eliminate them. Instead, he takes them to his magical world where they get to learn how to be creative and happy and all that stuff. Basically, everything they did that made them Unwanted. Eventually, the other world finds out, and they go to war, and you can kinda guess the rest.
This series has been compared to Harry Potter….and I see that in some ways, but mostly I think it’s just because there’s magic. I like this series, don’t get me wrong, and I’ll keep reading it….but it’s nowhere near the quality that Harry Potter has. The characters aren’t really that meaningful. Case in point…I was most interested in what happened to Simber, the flying stone cheetah statue (that’s him on the cover).
This is written for middle-grade, so keep that in mind…but honestly? Spirit Animals is way better written.

Book of the MonthPretty much a no-brainer. The title this month goes to….

At The Water’s Edge

What books did you read this month? Any keepers?

March Book Reviews (2015)

March was not epic books month. March was……let me read brainless stuff month. *Grin*

Ratings

I use the Goodreads rating scale of 1-5 stars. I know sometimes it’s hard to stick to only 5 options…lots of times we want half stars!! But, half stars make things messy. My ratings tend to be on the somewhat conservative side, so keep that in mind. Also keep in mind that a 3 star rating doesn’t mean a book is bad. Generally, I choose books that I expect to enjoy (don’t we all?). If I do enjoy them, then they’ve met my expectations…so I give them a 3. Anything lower than 3 didn’t live up to my expectations, and anything above 3 exceeded them. I’m generally not looking for certain writing styles or plot lines or technical aspects. If something stands out (for good or bad), I’ll comment on it, but in general technical aspects won’t be the sole influencer on my rating.

Any questions on my ratings? If so, just ask, and I’ll try to clarify!

And now, on to the books!!!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)4 starsThis one had been on my list for a while, and after slogging through Montaigne I needed something brainless. Well, something brainless and action-filled that wasn’t a cozy. I wasn’t quite ready to keep reading Spirit Animals, so Throne of Glass it was.

First of all, I think it’s awesome that the girl on the cover looks a lot like the author.

Sarah J. MaasRight? Anyway. Throne of Glass is about a girl named Celaena who’s an assassin. She’s in jail, and gets chosen by the crown prince to compete in a contest to be the king’s champion. It’s slightly reminiscent of the Hunger Games, only a little less dark and twisted.

Celaena is arrogant, and drove me a little nuts for the first half of the book. In between wanting to choke her and the author for putting in two potential love interests, I really enjoyed this. I won’t tell you much more because it’ll ruin the story for you….but this book surprised me in a really good way. I ended up loving ALL the characters, even the bad guys. Because this is the first book in a series, I kind of knew what the end result would be, but I didn’t expect anything that led up to it. And that’s rare, for a book to keep me guessing.

Bowled Over (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery, #2)3 stars

I debated for a long time on whether to give this a 2 or a 3. I eventually settled on a 3, just because I really didn’t have any trouble getting through it, and the story was interesting enough. This is the second in the Vintage Kitchen cozy mystery series. I enjoyed the first one, and had high hopes for the second. Honestly, though, the main character drove me nuts. She was so….ugh. She simpered. That’s honestly the best description I have for her. She was so.damn.annoying. And none of the rest of the characters did anything for me, like they did in book 1. And I got so tired of reading the same paragraphs over and over and over. I mean, come on….how many times is it necessary to say that the main character was sad she never made up with her friend? Or that she just didn’t understand what had happened? No joke, the same phrases and paragraphs were repeated at least 6 or 7 times. I wanted to scream. These books have been a bit hard to find in my bookstore, so I’ll probably pass on the rest of the series.

The Room
3 stars

This is a Blogging for Books post. Read the review here!

Atlantia2 stars

This book. I wanted to love it. I have a thing for anything even remotely like Atlantis. Granted, this book isn’t, but the title hooked me. Bay and Rio are twin sisters living in Atlantia on the Ocean Floor. (Seriously, Bay and Rio?? Wtf.) Anyway, when they reach a certain age they get to choose whether to stay below or go above. Rio has always wanted to go above, but promises Bay she’ll stay below with her. Well, then Bay decides to go above. Because of the rules, Rio has to stay without Bay. Blargh.

This book is roughly 300 pages long, and the first 200 pages all Rio does is complain about her life and how her sole purpose is now figuring out how to get above because it should have been her but she loves her sister and blah blah blah. I couldn’t stand her. Then, around page….220 or so….she finally GOES ABOVE and the whining stops. For a bit. Sorry, I suppose I should have said spoiler alert.

I initially gave this a 3-star rating. Why on Earth? Because as much as I hated Rio, I wanted to find out how it ended. The world wasn’t spectacularly imagined. The characters weren’t particularly memorable (or likable). The conflict wasn’t very conflicting. In short, it had nothing whatsoever to make me recommend it to anyone. Now, writing this review and thinking about it, I’ve revised that rating to 2-stars, which I still sorta think is generous.

Ally Condie’s Matched series has been on my list for a while, but if the writing is anything like this, I think I’ll pass.

Talon (The Windwalker Archive, #1)

3 starsThis was a Tomoson book. Read the review here!

Paw and Order (K9, #2)3 starsThis is such a fun series. I wouldn’t call it a cozy mystery, though it’s not strictly a detective story either. Maybe somewhere in the middle? Sorta like the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series, whatever you consider that. Megan Luz is a cop, and Brigit is her furry partner. This is book 2, and every bit as enjoyable as book 1. There’s not a whole lot to say about them, other than if you like dogs and you like detective stories, you’ll like this. There’s even a bit of romance thrown in. My favorite thing about this series is you get to read Megan’s perspective, but you also get to hear from Brigit and from the bad guy. It’s a neat way to write, and it works. There isn’t as much trying to figure it out, because you already know who the bad guy is, but it’s fun to watch Megan and Brigit go about it.

The Lost Recipe for Happiness

3 stars

This is about a chef who gets a chance to run her own kitchen. I enjoyed learning a little more about the restaurant business, but the story itself wasn’t that gripping. In fact, two weeks after reading this I have very little to say about it. It was good, but nothing memorable. A quick read, and there was a dog, I remember that much.

 Corpse Pose (Mantra for Murder Mystery #1)Dial Om for Murder (Mantra for Murder, #2)

3 stars

I’m reviewing these two together because they’re part of the same series, and because my thoughts on them are pretty much the same. By now, I’ve read (and reviewed) probably 20 cozy mysteries on this blog….and most of them get a 3-star rating. These are no exception, but the more I think about it the more I think I need to revise my rating to a 4-star. I LOVE these books. First of all, the yoga theme is a nice change. It’s not a huge part of the story, really, but I’m really intrigued by the fate of the Sacred Balance studio. And the characters are so much fun. At first, A.J.’s mother drove me nuts (she’s a melodramatic movie star), but about halfway through the first book I realized she was kind of hilarious. A.J. is your average cozy character, and of course there’s the hot detective love interest, but I also really enjoy Andy’s storyline. The supporting characters are just as interesting as the main characters. Lastly, in both of these I was surprised by the killer….and that’s not usually the case. Definitely pick these up if you’re a cozy fan!

Book of the MonthAnd the title this month goes to….

Throne of Glass

What books did you read this month? Any keepers?