Monday, August 31, 2015

Discussion/Mini Reviews: The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson

When I heard that there was going to be another "Girl" book, I was ecstatic!!! I loved Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy and was so bummed when he died before being able to write more. I had read that he planned to write 10 books in the series so I just knew we hadn't seen enough of Lizbeth Salander. I wanted more of her!!!

So now this other book is coming out, obviously by another author, David Lagercrantz. And questions abound. Will it be true to the first three books? Will it have the same feel as the previous books or take a completely different turn? Will it just be this one book or will there be more? Do I really want to read this new book and end up disappointed and possibly end up disliking a favorite series? 

All these questions and more floated around in my head, but more importantly to me, if this new author was picking up on where the series left off, would I remember what had happened? I went back and forth about rereading them and eventually decided to go ahead with it. Since I had read them all the first time around and really didn't have the time to fit three more books in, I decided to listen to them. I had only listened to the first and loved it. (That was a similar situation - had read the first book and it was a while before I got to books 2 & 3, so in order to refresh my memory as to what happened in book 1, I listened to it. Plus, Simon Vance - enough said!!!)

And, I'm so glad I did. I definitely picked up on certain things that I probably missed the first time around. Plus, it did refresh my memory of certain things, too. Now, I'm all jazzed about this latest book, coming out tomorrow. Of course, I'm stuck with another dilemma - do I read it or do I listen to it??? I'm going to buy the book no matter what to add to my collection, but in all honesty, if I don't listen to it, I probably won't get to it right away, as I have so many other books that I need to read due to prior reading commitments. But, if I listen to it, I can start as soon as it comes out tomorrow...oh the decisions. While there is a new author, Simon Vance is still narrating and I think that's what's swaying me...he is an amazing narrator and I think I'm going to just give it a try. What will you be doing? Reading it or listening to it?

I do plan on staying away from all reviews until I read The Girl in the Spider's Web. I want to form my own opinions - good or bad. I have loved the first three books in this series and have never been in a position where the author has changed midstream, so this is going to be a new experience for me. Have you experienced this before? Are you daunted by this/put off by it or is it not bothering you at all?


So, since I already reviewed these books, I'm just going to do some mini reviews here of the audio productions and include the links to the reviews of the print editions. If you've read the series, let me know your thoughts. Are you planning on reading the 4th book, The Girl in the Spider's Web? Did you reread the first 3 books in anticipation/preparation of the release of this book?

Let me know your thoughts on all this...let's discuss!!!


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Title: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 
Author: Stieg Larsson   
Series: Millennium, #1   
Narrator: Simon Vance  
Published: September 2008, Books on Tape  
Length: 16 hours 19 minutes  
Source: Personal copy via Audible
Print Review
Audio review 

It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.

It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism and an unexpected connection between themselves.

Contagiously exciting, it’s about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.

My thoughts: I forgot how slow the beginning of this book is...but then again, it's to introduce us to all the characters. Once that happens, it does pick up and then becomes almost impossible to walk away from. Even though this was my third time through, I still picked up a few things I hadn't the first two times through and enjoyed it just the same. I love Salander - she's such a great character!!!

Audio Thoughts: This was the first audio I had listened to with Simon Vance narrating and it was just as good the second time around. He really is an amazing narrator and when you're reading a book with lots of foreign names/places, having a good narrator is key! I'm quite eager to listen to the rest of the series with him narrating the books!




Title: The Girl Who Played With Fire   
Author: Stieg Larsson   
Series: Millennium, #2    
Narrator: Simon Vance  
Published: July 2009, Random House Audio  
Length: 18 hours 38 minutes   
Source: Personal copy via Audible
Print review  

Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, The Girl Who Played with Fire is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel.

Mikael Blomkvist, crusading publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to run a story that will expose an extensive sex trafficking operation. On the eve of its publication, the two reporters responsible for the article are murdered, and the fingerprints found on the murder weapon belong to his friend, the troubled genius hacker Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist, convinced of Salander’s innocence, plunges into an investigation. Meanwhile, Salander herself is drawn into a murderous game of cat and mouse, which forces her to face her dark past.

My thoughts: I forgot how fast this book is...you literally hit the ground running with this book. At first, Salander and Blomkvist seem to have nothing to do with each other, each having almost separate stories going on. But then, something major happens and their paths cross. This book is definitely more personal than the first one. We get more glimpses into Salander's past and what makes her tick. She is such a dark, mysterious character and I am utterly fascinated with her!!!

Audio Thoughts: Simon Vance makes the audio production! He really does a great job with the voices and places - the pronunciations alone throw me, so having him say it is a godsend! I love listening to him and he tells the story in such a way that you feel the tension and suspense drip off tongue.



Title: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest   
Author: Stieg Larsson    
Series: Millennium, #3   
Narrator: Simon Vance  
Published: May 2010, Random House Audio  
Length: 20 hours 20 minutes  
Source: Personal copy via Audible
Print review

In the third volume of the Millennium series, Lisbeth Salander lies in critical condition in a Swedish hospital, a bullet in her head.

But she's fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she'll stand trial for three murders. With the help of Mikael Blomkvist, she'll need to identify those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she'll seek revenge--against the man who tried to killer her and against the corrupt government institutions that nearly destroyed her life.

My thoughts: This one is brilliantly done, picking up moments after the second book. It really highlights just how well Larsson created his female characters, as not only is Salander brilliant in this, but so are Erika Berger, Annika Giannini, Sonja Modig, Susanne Linder, and Monica Figuerola. These women are determined to go after what they are fighting for and are not afraid to stand up to the men in their way. 

It's interesting the way this ends...it wasn't supposed to be the final book in a series, yet in some ways, it's all tied up. There isn't a cliffhanger, we aren't left with any loose strings waiting to be picked up in the next book. Maybe Larsson had a new direction he wanted to take with book 4? I don't know but now I am very eager to see what the new author has in store for us.


Audio Thoughts: Again, Simon Vance rocked this audio book. He is the main reason I was able to listen to these 3 books almost back-to-back this summer. They are long, dark books, but it was pure joy listening to him narrate them. I still hear him in my head as I reflect on the books writing these reviews and as I look at my notes and flip though the pages, I can hear his voice saying the different words in my head - words I wouldn't even begin to know how to pronounce. I am very eager to hear him narrate this near book...he will be the one familiar comfort with the new author in this continuation of a favorite series.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Sunday Post #82 (8.30.15)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. I'm also going to link this up with Sheila's It's Monday post over at Book Journey.  
      

What a whirlwind this month turned out to be! I had my two week of vacation - one week of which we spent at the beach, which was heaven!!! So much so that we have already tentatively booked for next year! The house we rented was right on the bay and just amazing. We were able to relax and had a great view for the sunsets each night. It was the perfect week! Then I came home, still had 3 days of vacation left, worked for 2 days and then headed down to North Carolina's to my mom's for a week because she was having surgery and needed some help afterwards. I just got back from her house yesterday. Luckily, I was able to work while I was down there, but still - I feel as if I've been gone forever! It was so nice to sleep in my own bed last night. Now I'm ready to buckle down and get myself back on a regular routine - no more traveling for me for a while!!!

Have a great week everyone!!!


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Currently Reading:                    

* Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr  (review e-book) 
* The Naked Eye by Iris Johansen/Roy Johansen (audio review book)     

Books Up Next:                               

* Come Away With Me by Karma Brown (review book)
 
* The Paris Key by Julia Blackwell (review e-book) 
* The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore (review audio book) 
    
Recent Giveaway Winners:     
 
* The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle - Suzy
* Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt - Carrie W
* Twenty-Eight & A Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank - Yaritza Santana
* Plantation Shudders by Ellen Byron - holdenj
* Red Line by Brian Thiem - Kevin Mannix 
* No Virgin Island by C. Michelle Dorsey - Anne

Coming Up on the Blog:
* Mini Review/Discussion: The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
   

* Month in Review: August 2015  
* Review: The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick        
* Review: The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young (plus Giveaway!!!)   
* Review: Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr
* Review & Excerpt: If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

 
Book Haul:    
For Review:
* A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi (Courtesy of Publicist)
     
 
* Rainy Day Sisters by Kate Hewitt (Courtesy of Publisher)     
* The Naked Eye by Iris Johansen/Roy Johansen (audio via Publisher)      
* Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill (audio via Publisher)     

* Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge (Netgalley)      
* Parchment & Old Lace by Laura Childs (Courtesy of Author)      
 
Purchased:
* The Dance Begins by Diane Chamberlain (e-book)  
* The Summer's End by Mary Alice Monroe (audio book via Audible)
* The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson (audio book via Audible)

* The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (audio book via Audible)   
 
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Short & Sweet Review: The Reckoning by Jane Casey (audio)

Title: The Reckoning   
Author: Jane Casey     
Series: Maeve Kerrigan, #2     
Narrator: Sarah Coomes  
Published: May 2012, Brilliance Audio  
Length: 15 hours 56 minutes   
Source: Personal copy via Audible   

To the public, he's a hero: a brutal killer who targets sex offenders. To most of London's police force, he's the suspect in a gruesome, time-consuming case to be avoided. But to Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, he's a murderer--no matter the sins of his victims--and catching him is her job. Assigned to the case with the division's unreadable new DI, Josh Derwent, young and inexperienced Maeve is determined to prove she has what it takes to make it as a female in the tough world of the London police.

But for a killer who strikes with such spectacle, this one is proving remarkably elusive. And when Maeve learns his motive might be about exacting revenge, his acts of incredible violence move from abstract justice to the intensely personal, and become all the more terrifying. Unsure whom she can trust even within her own department and knowing her life is at stake, Maeve will have to decide how far she's willing to go to ensure justice is served.

Jane Casey's taut, brilliantly executed thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats from the opening chapter to the stunning conclusion.
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: This is the second in the Maeve Kerrigan series and I really like this series. In this latest installment, Maeve is assigned to work with a new partner who basically tells her that he will be doing all the work and all the thinking and all she has to do is stay out of his way and just look pretty. Yeah - ok! What I love about Maeve is she is a no-nonsense kind of gal - there is no way she is going to take that kind of crap from anyone, especially someone she works with! The interactions between Maeve and Derwent were quite humorous as she put him in his place a few times.

The case Maeve and Derwent are working on at first seems a little cut and dry and then becomes more complicated about halfway through, thus making it and the story way more interesting and suspenseful. It became more twisty and suspect, keeping me on the edge of my seat. 

On the personal side, Maeve is still trying to figure things out with Rob, who also happens to be a colleague. I like them together but am not sure I can handle yet another relationship that is going to go through all the angst of the whole off-again/on-again thing in each subsequent book as so many other series seem to do. I guess I just have to wait and see. Either way, I'm quite eager to continue with this series.


Audio thoughts: I really like listening to Sarah Coomes narrate these books. Between her British accent and Jane Casey's writing - it's a match made in heaven!!! The story really comes alive with the voices that Sarah gives the characters. I'm eager to continue listening to this series on audio and am glad to see Sarah Coomes is narrating all the books - this makes me very happy!


Books in this series:
 
      0.5  Left for Dead
      1.    The Burning
      2.    The Reckoning
      3.    The Last Girl
      4.    The Stranger You Know
      5.    The Kill

  
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure

Title: Dancing Through Life    
Author: Candace Cameron Bure          
Published: August 2015, B&H Books  
Format: ARC Paperback, 208 pages   
Source: Publisher  

Candace Cameron Bure has grown up before our eyes and we've watched as she's balanced life in Hollywood with her faith for many years. But that all reached new heights when she was given the opportunity to join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. Being on the show was one of her dreams come true; and with that dream came the opportunity to display her Christian faith in front of millions of people, through an intense season of stretching beyond her limits, and to run the race God gave her with joy and perseverance.

Join Candace as she reflects on the self-discovery that came through leaping out of her comfort zone. Go behind the scenes and experience the highs and lows, the roadblocks, and the personal victories. Hear straight from her heart on tough lessons learned about grace, rejection, perfectionism, disappointment, accountability, dealing with criticism, and more. Through God’s strength, and with the help of endless support from her family and friends, see how Candace stayed true to herself and publicly lived out her faith in Christ all the way to the finale.

How do you stand with conviction in your world? Where does your courage come from when faced with challenges? How do you live out your faith on a daily basis despite opposition? Your stage probably isn't in Hollywood and the challenges you are facing may not be on live television, but they are no less real. Come along with Candace as she shares how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life.

My thoughts: It wasn't until I was at the Javitz Center the first day of BEA, waiting for the exhibit hall to open up, reading through the Publisher's Weekly Magazine that I even knew this book was coming out, let alone that there would be a chance to get an early copy of it while there. I've followed Candace Cameron Bure on and off since she was on Full House and loved when she was on Dancing With the Stars and just knew this was a book I would want to read.

For some reason, I am fascinated with Candace...more so now than ever before. I guess it really did start when she was on Dancing With the Stars. I've always been a fan of that show - it's the one reality show that I had religiously watched season after season, and then stopped. But the season Candace was on, I was all about the show, rooting for her all the way. And from that moment on, I really started paying attention to her.

Candace is very open about her faith - I believe she's always been that way, so when it came to her being on Dancing With the Stars, something she always wanted to do, it produced a lot of conflict, both for her and her fans/followers. But, she stuck to her convictions and this book clearly shows that.

The book follows her season on the show and shows her struggles as well as successes. She's quite vocal about her faith and how she calls on that on a daily basis. She has her bible with her at all times and calls on her group of friends to pray for her when needed. I may not be as strictly religious as she is and may not know all the bible quotes she refers to, but I never felt that she was preaching to me at any point during the book. In fact, there were quite a few lessons to be taken from the book that I could use in my life - I've had struggles in my life and while my faith doesn't necessarily involve physically going to a brick and mortar church on a weekly basis, I have my faith and it's helped me many times. 

This book spoke to me, but I can see where it might not be for everyone. We all have our own set of convictions but do we have the strength and courage to live them out loud? Do we have the strength and courage to always stand up for what we believe in no matter the consequence? Candance Cameron Bure shows us that, while it may not always be easy, it can be done. This book is definitely one that will be staying on my shelf so I can pull it down when I need a little reminder of that. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Title: In a Dark, Dark Wood   
Author: Ruth Ware         
Published: August 2015, Scout Press  
Format: ARC Paperback, 320 pages    
Source: Publisher   


Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered.

In a dark, dark wood

Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.

There was a dark, dark house

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?

And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room

But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

And in the dark, dark room....

Some things can’t stay secret for ever.

My thoughts: I was fortunate to get a signed copy of this book at BEA this year and couldn't wait to read it...I love a good psychological thriller and let me tell you - this definitely fits the bill and then some!!! I loved it and haven't stopped thinking about it. This is definitely a keeper and I certainly plan on rereading it sometime in the future to savor it all again and again.

I loved the way this book was written. The way it goes back and forth between the present with Nora waking up in the hospital and trying to figure out what exactly happened and just prior to that at the hen party where everything happens. Nora herself becomes somewhat of an unreliable narrator in that she has a major head injury, and unable to remember what really happened, you question what she does remember. As the story slowly pieces the night together, it becomes a chilling tale.

The characters that Ruth Ware has created are wonderfully delicious in that they are so easily liked or hated, with some even both liked and hated. They are well-developed and even the setting itself, the glass house in the woods becomes a character at times. Add in the fact that once you're at the house, you are cut off from the outside world - cell phone service is non-existent and a snow storm seems to isolate them even further. It only adds to the darkness and suspense of the book. 

This book had me guessing until the end how it would play out. It is clear from the beginning that something sinister is going to happen and it's hard to walk away from the book until you find out what. The short chapters will keep you reading just a little bit more until you find that you are at the very end. I devoured this book and cannot wait to see what comes next from Ruth Ware - she is definitely going on my authors-to-watch list!!!

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Short & Sweet Review: Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs (audio)

Title: Bones to Ashes   
Author: Kathy Reichs    
Series: Temperance Brennan, #10     
Narrator: Linda Emond  
Published: August 2007, Recorded Books  
Length: 10 hours 30 minutes  
Source: Library   
Temperance Brennan, like her creator Kathy Reichs, is a brilliant, sexy forensic anthropologist called on to solve the toughest cases. But for Tempe, the discovery of a young girl's skeleton in Acadia, Canada, is more than just another assignment. Evangeline, Tempe's childhood best friend, was also from Acadia. Named for the character in the Longfellow poem, Evangeline was the most exotic person in Tempe's eight-year-old world. When Evangeline disappeared, Tempe was warned not to search for her, that the girl was "dangerous."Thirty years later, flooded with memories, Tempe cannot help wondering if this skeleton could be the friend she lost so many years ago. And what is the meaning of the strange skeletal lesions found on the bones of the young girl?

Meanwhile, Tempe's beau, Ryan, investigates a series of cold cases. Three girls dead. Four missing. Could the New Brunswick skeleton be part of the pattern? As Tempe draws on the latest advances in forensic anthropology to penetrate the past, Ryan hunts down a serial predator.
***Short & Sweet Reviews are short, quick reviews. These will mainly be used for series books where I have already done full reviews on some of the earlier books or for books that I feel will suffice with a quick review. These will not be used for review requests or blog tours.

My thoughts: This was a good installment in the Temperance Brennan series. Not necessarily my favorite, but still a good story. The case is set in Quebec, so there is quite a bit of French and we do get a bit of French Canadian history thrown in. 

While the case is personal to Tempe as it reminds her of a long-lost friend, what really kept my interest piqued was the fact that Harry, Tempe's sister was back. I loved the interactions between the two sisters and the ones in this book were pretty good at times. Harry even manages to help Tempe with her case, even going so far as to go off on her own to do some investigating. Not the best move on Harry's part, but it kept the story fresh and interesting. 

What I didn't like is the on-going Tempe/Ryan merri-go-round...it seems we've come to the off part of their relationship. I have a feeling that they are going to be like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and Joe Morelli - right up to the very last book their relationship will be in question. I guess only time will tell...

To me, the personal story lines are what made this book more so than the forensic case. I guess that's to be expected in this series and I'm ok with that. It would be bad if I didn't like the main characters and didn't care for their personal lives - then I would have a hard time staying with the series. I'm invested in these characters and want to know what's going on with them, so this book actually worked for me.


Audio thoughts: This is the first time I've listened to Linda Emond narrate and I really enjoyed listening to her. I thought she did a great job with the voices and the accents when necessary. I'm thrilled that she will be narrating the next bunch of books coming up - as many of you know, my major complaint with this series has been the lack of consistency with the narrator.


Books in this series:
  1. Deja Dead                                12.  206 Bones
  2. Death du Jour                       13.  Spider Bones
  3. Deadly Decisions                 14.  Flash & Bones
  4. Fatal Voyage                         15.  Bones are Forever
  5. Grave Secrets                        15.5  Bones in Her Pocket
  6. Bare Bones                              16.  Bones of the Lost
  7. Monday Mourning              16.5  Swamp Bones
  8. Cross Bones                            17.  Bones Never Lie
  9. Break No Bones                     17.5  Bones on Ice
  10. Bones to Ashes                      18.  Speaking in Bones
  11. Devil Bones
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Those Girls by Chevy Stevens (audio)

Title: Those Girls    
Author: Chevy Stevens      
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie, Emily Woo Zeller, Nicol Zanzarella
Published: July 2015, Blackstone Audio  
Length: 11 hours 29 minutes   
Source: Personal copy via Audible 

Chevy Stevens is back with her most powerful, emotional thriller yet— a story of survival…and revenge.

Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father’s fists. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. Events spiral out of control and a chance encounter with the wrong people leaves them in a horrific and desperate situation. They are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.

Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer when one of the sisters goes missing and they are pulled back into their past.

This time there’s nowhere left to run.

As much of a thriller as it is a deep exploration of the bonds among sisters, THOSE GIRLS is an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil.

My thoughts: I'm a big fan of Chevy Stevens' books, in particular I love listening to her books on audio. I find that they are the perfect books to listen to - the thriller/mystery aspect of the story just keeps my attention and makes for a great listening experience. I couldn't wait to start listening to this one and loved every minute of it.

This book kept me hooked and thinking about it when I wasn't listening to it. I ended up finishing it in three days because I just couldn't walk away from it - I had to know what was going to happen next and how it would all play out. It was twisted and dark and, yes, there are some pretty graphic scenes in it, so be forewarned if you don't like those types of scenes. Even now, I haven't stopped thinking about those girls and all they went through.

What these three sisters endured is sad and unbelievable, but yet could happen and probably does more than we'd like to admit in real life. That's what makes this story so incredible and even relatable. Just what secrets are the people you meet every day keeping hidden from all to see? 

This book tackles the bonds between sisters, but is goes so much deeper. It's about abuse in all its forms and just how rampant it truly is. And it's about strength, one's personal strength to rise above what they've come from and move on. It's about family and love and learning to deal with all that entails. The suspense that's woven in will leave you on the edge of your seat and you will find yourself unable to stop thinking of those girls once you open this book.


Audio Thoughts: I loved the audio production of this book - it was great! The narrators did a fantastic job portraying the different voices and emotions of the story and building up the suspense when warranted. They portrayed just enough raw emotion to make it seem real and I thought it was perfect. I've listened to Jorjeana Marie narrate before, but it was the first time listening to both Emily Woo Zeller and Nicol Zanzarella narrate, and I will certainly be checking them all out again.


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Saturday, August 22, 2015

#FitReaders: Weekly Check-in August 21

 
It's been a while since I last checked in - I was sick and then I was on vacation for two weeks, one week of which we spent at the beach!!! I haven't really been working out regularly because I was sick and not eating properly, so I felt that my body didn't have the proper fuel to handle any big workouts. I take some nice walks each morning on the beach, though, which was delightful and am desperately missing that. They weren't fast walks by any means as I was too busy trying to find beach glass, but they were good long walks, plus walking in the sand adds a whole new dimension to your workout - it really works your legs!!! I have been pretty diligent with yoga lately - not going to classes, but just doing some yoga flows at home, and even at the beach. I've found some I really like and seem to be sticking with it for now. I'm hoping that whatever stomach issues I've had have finally gone away and I can get back to my regular workouts soon. I'm off to my mom's in North Carolina this week coming up as she's having surgery and so I'm not sure how much I'll get done, but hopefully by the time I get back, all will be back to normal.
   
 
Audiobooks listened to last few weeks :

  • Finished The Summer End by Mary Alice Monroe, narrated by Mary Alice Monroe  
  • Started The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson, narrated by Simon Vance
 
How did your week go? You can find this week's link-up here.
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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: No Virgin Island by C. Michele Dorsey (Giveaway Closed)

Title: No Virgin Island   
Author: C. Michele Dorsey    
Series: A Sabrina Salter Mystery, #1     
Published: August 2015, Crooked Lane Books  
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages     


Sabrina Salter traded a high-pressure job as a Boston meteorologist for life as an innkeeper on sun-soaked St. John. But storm clouds roll in when Sabrina finds Carter Johnson, her most attractive guest, tucked up in a hammock way past check-out time...and he’s not just dead to the world, he’s just plain dead, with a bullet hole in his chest.

This isn’t the first time Sabrina has seen a dead body, and the island police are well aware of that. Thanks to her checkered history, not to mention the fact that she was the last person who saw Carter alive and far from entirely clothed, she finds herself marked as the prime suspect.

The U.S. Virgin Islands may be the sort of place where even defense attorneys wear flip-flops, but the laid-back life is over for Sabrina unless she can clear her name. So, she sets out to solve the crime, only to find herself caught in a tidal wave of adultery, kidnapping, identity fraud and murder in No Virgin Island, C. Michele Dorsey's outstanding mystery debut.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS - (US only)  
Thanks to
the publisher,
one reader can win a copy of  No Virgin Island by C. Michele Dorsey.   To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form by August 27th.


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