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Friday, August 22, 2014

91) Visions by Kelly Armstrong

The Blurb :

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

My Thoughts :

Omens blew my mind last year and it was definitely in the top three of my favourite reads of 2013.  I have been eagerly awaiting the release of the second part, Visions, and even had a sniff of an ARC copy but little old me in Europe couldn't have one!  So I patiently waited and as soon as the pre-order arrived on my Kindle I started reading and had to stop myself from devouring the book in one go.

I could have easily read Visions in one sitting but I wanted to savour it.  I wanted to take it all in and be sure I was following the twists and turns this story is taking.   I took my time with the book so I could understand everything that was going on and to process the events that mean so much to the story of Olivia, Gabriel and Rick.  Sure there are other characters involved but these main three are the ones that you need to pay attention to as events unfold.
The plot this time around was as interesting and exciting as in Omens.  The originality and wow factor from that first book continues in Visions and I couldn't believe how good this second installment was.  There are some huge changes in this book and there are also some amazing events.  It was hard to stop reading and take a break because the whole concept is so unusual and addictive.

One of the aspects of this series I am really enjoying is the Welsh folklore that is Incorporated into the story.  I am Welsh and love it when my homeland, language and history is weaved into stories and especially when it is done so well.  I am in awe of the research the author has done and her ability to make it all come together so nicely.  I am more than eager to find out how things continue.

While Visions does offer some really important information regarding what has been going on in Cainsville, there are still so many questions that need to be answered and the town definitely has more secrets to tell.  Everything must be connected but is everything really connected?  A good conspiracy theorist would have a field day with the story Kelly Armstrong is weaving in this series and I am sure all her readers have there own ideas about how this will all play out.  I have to say that the story is so compelling that I don't care how it all ends.  All I care about is reading the next installment because this is turning out to be such a terrific read!

Five stars, a must read and another best read as far as this year goes.  If you like Kelly's previous work then you really need to visit Cainsville and if you haven't read her work before but want to give something good a go, well all her work is worth five stars but this series should actually get a bonus star for being even bettert than the rest.  My only moan is the wait till book three arrives!  Another year of waiting lies ahead!  Boohoo!



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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To be Read & Currently Reading

Yeah, I know!  It has been quiet around here.  I have some time off work and have been busy getting stuff done and relaxing.  I have been reading but obviously not enough!  I also ended up getting a little addicted to a game....so that took up some reading time.

My normal reading pace will resume soon and I will have a lot of catching up to do!  Until then this is what is going on in my slow reading world!

Currently Reading :

This was on pre-order and went straight to the top of my reading pile.  I absolutely love this author and the first book in this series was amazing!   I have been waiting eagerly for a year for this next installment and I am loving it so far!

So why aren't I done yet?  It is a long book and I am finding that I need to take breaks to process everything that is happening.  How Olivia/Eden is managing with everything is beyond me but she is making some interesting decisions and the storyline is sooo exciting!  Oh and the Welsh twist is just the icing on the very tasty cake!

I already know that this one is going to get 5 stars from me and I am already upset that the next installment will most likely mean another year long wait.  However it is worth the wait and this was definitely worth the pre-order.  If you haven't tried this one yet then you really need to give it ago!

Currently Listening :


Just like I couldn't resist the second book in the Mudbug series I couldn't resist the third one.  I enjoyed listening to the series so far that I downloaded the next installment straight away.

I am enjoying this third installment as much as the previous books and I am really caught up in the story.   Unfortunately I listen to my audio books on the way to and from work...and I am home this week.  I keep meaning to listen to the book while doing chores but always forget.   I am however very eager to get back to listening to this one and I am pretty sure I will be going straight onto book four when I am done with this one.

I still can't believe I didn't come across this series earlier.  I know that this is a series I will be listening to over the upcoming weeks until I am all caught up.  Unless something in the style and concept changes there is a huge chance that my Summer audio experience is going to spent in Mudbug, Louisanna!

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Last week a few new releases I had on pre-order appeared on my Kindle!  I have already read a couple of them but I still have a couple on my pile.  It is really hard not to just read the new books and forget the rest of the 'To Be Read' Pile!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

90) How the White Trash Zombie got her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

The Blurb :

It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends—and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction...

My Thoughts :

It has been a slow reading week and this book didn't help me.  I had this on pre-order because the series is original and fun...Oh and I love the author.   However this time around I wasn't really into it for a couple of reasons.  The story seemed to drag and take forever even at my fast reading pace and the direction of the story is just not what I expected.

Giving a book a bad review because I don't like the way the story is developing isn't my thing and there is a lot of great stuff in this fourth installment.  The concept and originality still grabs me as a reader but the whole big corporation against the little people is not what I was expecting from this series.  A nice mystery surrounding a body from Angel's workplace, the morgue, would have been cool but instead this book sends us to New York and on a very crazy load of kidnapping and strange developments.

The great writing style and the sassy zombie are still in there which kept me going to the end.  There are some great characters and some laughs but this fourth part didn't leave me as excited as parts one and two did.  I am not sure if I am the only person who isn't enjoying the route this series is taking and maybe it was just a one time thing and next time it will turn around and go in a different direction but I think next time I will leave the pre-ordering and just get the book if and when.

Still loving this author and still enjoying the concept but I am wary of the future.  Maybe I just wasn't in a good reading mood and this is the book that caught up in it but I won't know for sure unless I revisit this series again sometime.  I do actually want to try this one on audiobook so hopefully I will enjoy this one more a second time around.



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

89) Mischief in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

The Blurb :

Sabine LeVeche, orphaned at an early age, is in the middle of a medical crisis and needs to find a blood relative STAT. Luckily, she's got a sexy PI and one sassy but determined ghost on her side. Not so luckily, there's a murderer gunning for her just in case her illness doesn't kill her first.

My Thoughts :

To say I am enjoying my visit to Mudbug is an understatement!  I am absolutely loving it!  I couldn't wait to listen to this second installment and I was not disappointed in the continuing story of the Mudbug residents and all the secrets they hold.  However the Ghost-In-Law twist is just the icing on a very delicious story.

This time around the plot centered around Sabine's quest to find her parents.  The other characters from the previous book were all present except for Luc who only got mentioned.   However I suppose the new guy on the scene, Beau, is enough male hotness for one book.  Anyway it was great getting to catch up with Maryse again but even better to find out more about Sabine's story.  This actually turned out to be Mildred's story too and there is also some more details about Raissa who I believe will be the main character in the next book.

I loved the plot with its very interesting and dramatic twists and turns.  It could be seen as over the top but it made for great reading.  The author manages to make the story light and fun but also keep it serious.  I find myself shocked and amazed and then giggling the next as I listen to this well narrated audiobook.

My stay in Mudbug, Louisianna isn't over!  I am, as I type this, already putting the third installment onto my iPod.  I am loving this series so much that I can't stop myself from continuing.  This cozy paranormal mystery is a hoot and if you like Molly Harper's books then you will also love what Jana DeLeon has going on in Mudbug.  Well worth checking out and definitely worth listening to with Johanna Parker (Sookie Stackhouse Audibles) reading this story like a pro!



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Thursday, August 7, 2014

To Be Read & Currently Reading

This week has been a slow reading week.  I am listening to a new audio book while traveling to and from work but other than that I haven't really picked up anything.  I hope you are all having a good reading week and are enjoying the Summer with a few good books!

Currently Reading :

This is next up on my Kindle.  Diana Rowland has made me extremely happy with this series and I had this fourth installment on pre-order.  Somehow it managed to get lost on my to be read pile and I just realised it was still on there.

If you don't like zombies then this one isn't for you but if you like something different and like kick-ass witty female leading ladies then you really need to give this series a try.  This is a very original and cool series.

Currently Listening :


I couldn't resist the second book in the Mudbug series.  I enjoyed listening to the first book so much that I downloaded the next installment straight away.

This second part is turning out to be just as action packed, fun and interesting as the first book.  The Ghost-in-Law is still present but this time the story is told from Sabine's perspective and therefore revolves around her problems/love/mystery.

I can't believe I didn't come across this series earlier.  I am pretty sure that this is the series I will be listening to over the upcoming weeks until I am all caught up.  Unless something in the style and concept changes there is a huge chance that my Summer audio experience is going to spent in Mudbug, Louisanna!

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Last week a few new releases I had on pre-order appeared on my Kindle!  I have already read a couple of them but I still have a couple on my pile.  It is really hard not to just read the new books and forget the rest of the 'To Be Read' Pile!

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