Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:"
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book. 

Tax Day in the US and Teaser Tuesday!! What a combination.

My Teaser:

"I do work for them," he said...."They pay me to have interesting ideas, while at the same time recognizing that I could never function in an orthodox corporate environment."  Page 65

This is from Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds.  The book was published in 2012.  I purchased it several months ago and it has been sitting on my TBR pile.  I think it will be there for awhile longer just because it is 562 pages long.  It is also book one in a trilogy.  Have any of you read it?  If so let me know if I need to move it up to the top of my pile. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Musing Mondays, April 14, 2014.

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…Musing Mondays is sponsored by Should Be Reading.
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

I am trying to turn over a new leaf.  I keep buying books that I don't get read and accepting too many review copies.  Right now I have to read one of my purchases before I read one for review.  I am also trying to cut down on the number I request from Netgalley and Edelweiss.  One week into this new schedule I am doing OK.  The real test is over the next month.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Spider (Elemental Assassin #10) by Jennifer Estep


From Goodreads:

The tenth book in the bestselling and “outstanding” (Romantic Times) Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series finally reveals for the first time the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadliest of assassins.

For the first time, the origins of Gin Blanco’s career as the deadly assassin “the Spider” are revealed in full. In a story that pre-dates the other nine books in the series, Gin Blanco goes through her paces to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland.

About this time last year I read the first book in the Elemental Assassin’s series and inhaled the next 7 in very short order.  # 9 came out shortly after and I immediately read that one too.  For some reason I had The Spider on my TBR pile for several weeks before picking it up to read.  I think maybe I was worried that this would be one that I did not like.  I do like it but with some reservations.

This story is set in the past, long before the events in the previous books.  For the first time we see Fletcher alive and working.  Gin and Finn are getting over sibling rivalry and working out their relationship.  Gin takes a job Fletcher has questions about and the story unfolds from there.

You might think starting here with a prequel would be the best way to get into the series but I do think you need some back-story before you read The Spider.  Hints are dropped into the story but you will miss some of the small things if this is your first book in the series.

Some of those include the introduction of characters that will play an important part in the series.  They are just side characters here and without the knowledge gained from the first 9 books you will not see how important they will become.  Even Owen has a bit part here.
For me the story divided into two parts:

Part one is a train wreck waiting to happen.  You can see it from Gin’s actions.  She thinks she knows it all and it is a set up for part two.  I really did not enjoy that part.  In fact I almost skimmed thought it because I could see what was about to happen.  I read really fast get to part two.

Part two was where all the action happened.  Gin realizes that she was set up and takes revenge.  Here Gin really comes into her own as an assassin.  She learns and uses what she learns about herself to really fully grow into The Spider.

While this is listed as telling the origins of Gin Blanco’s career what it really tells is the job that happens after she had started her career.  It tell a lot about how she accepts jobs in the future and shows that she is more than her job makes her.

The Spider is not my favorite book in the series but it does play an important part in the series.  If you have started this series The Spider is an important book to read.  If you have not started the series you have 10 books ready to read.

Pocket Books published The Spider by Jennifer Estep in 2014.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56, April 11, 2014

I'm linking up with Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings and Freda's Voice for Page 56.
 Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Pick the closest book on your book stack and
Come Join us!

The Beginning:

"The minute he walked through that door, Zach Slade's career, the one he loved, was over."

Page 56:

"My name, said the ghost, is Joseph Albert Slade, but his expression turned softer, sorrowful. My lovely wife never bore child; I never fathered one.

So whose career is over? Who is the ghost? I don't know yet but I do know where to find out. The answer is in Ghost Seer by Robin D. Owens. This is book one in a new series by Robin. I have been disappointed in several of her recent books but have high hopes for this one.

From Goodreads:

There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts…...

When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. And when she locks eyes with sexy—and living—Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either.

A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. Not that she minds. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing Zach more and more—and not just for help.

The Winter Bride (Chance Sisters #2) by Anne Gracie

Historical Romance

From Goodreads:

Award-winning author Anne Gracie delivers the second in her enticing new series about four young women facing a life of destitution—until a daring act changes their fortune and turns them each into a beautiful bride…

Damaris Chance’s unhappy past has turned her off the idea of marriage forever. But her guardian, Lady Beatrice Davenham, convinces her to make her coming out anyway—and have a season of carefree, uncomplicated fun.

When Damaris finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him—as long as it’s in name only. Her new husband seems to accept her terms, but Freddy has a plan of his own: to seduce his reluctant winter bride.

Will Damaris’s secrets destroy her chance at true happiness? Or can Freddy help her cast off the shackles of the past, and yield to delicious temptation?

If you have not read The Autumn Bride you need to read it first to really understand some of the characters and their actions.  The Autumn Bride had several unusually characters and actions that are important but not really explained in The Winter Bride.

In The Winter Bride Gracie uses a well-used trope, a pretend betrothal.  Neither Freddy or Damaris want to marry.  The betrothal is just to keep Freddy’s parents off of his back about marrying.  Of course they fall in love with each other but not before they spend a lot of time with each other and face several problems together.

I loved both Freddy and Damaris.  Both have things in their past that make them wounded characters.  Damaris has something she did in her past of survive and Freddy is blamed for something that was just an accident.   Both things made it easy for them to accept the other and their actions.

I found The Winter Bride to be a bit slow at the beginning.  I was also looking for a plot as unique as the first book.  That was not there.  It was an enjoyable plot but not as interesting as The Autumn Bride.  There is a lot of build up to the actual story.  Some of that action seems to be a set up for the next book.   Damaris is the second sister to marry so there are two more to go.  I will be watching for the next two books.

Berkley Sensation published The Winter Bride by Anne Gracie in 2014. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Betting the Rainbow (Harmony #7) by Jodi Thomas

Contemporary Romance

From Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas returns to the town of Harmony, Texas, where life has a way of making better plans than anyone ever imagined 

Sisters Abby and Dusti Delaney have spent their entire lives on Rainbow Lane, but they dream of something bigger. So when a poker tournament comes to town, Dusti is determined to win enough money to leave. Enlisting expert Kieron O’Brian to teach her the game, sparks begin to fly as they play their hands. But Kieron refuses to stand in the way of her dream, even if it means losing her forever...

After a year of traveling, Ronny Logan is settling into a home on Rainbow Lane, but that’s all the settling she’ll be doing. Ronny refuses to fall for anyone, regardless of the chemistry she has with her neighbor Austin Hawk. Yet something undeniable begins to grow between the two loners—if only they can let their barriers fall and open their hearts.

Betting the Rainbow brings an HEA to two long time Harmony women. 

Ronny Logan come back a year after Marty died. She moves out to the lake and finds herself attracted to Austin Hawk, a man with as many regrets as she has. 

 Regan and Noah have to work through some very bad times but finally Noah is back in Harmony to stay. 

Add to the mix the Delaney sisters and the man who teaches Dusti Delany to play poker giving her a chance to change both sister’s lives.

They story winds around all three couples.  Like the other Harmony books Betting the Rainbow is a feel good story.  Some things really would not have happened in real life but this is fiction.  While I enjoyed the story for me I was not as good as the pervious books. It does however provide an good ending for several long running characters. 

What I found the most interesting was the sample chapter of the next book, A Place Called Harmony, that was in the back of the book.  That story takes place in 1876 as Harmony is founded.  I am looking forward to that book and the story it tells.

Berkley Books published Betting theRainbow by Jodi Thomas in 2014.

Waiting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014


 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature sponsored by Breaking the Spine.  It is a great way to share upcoming releases.

I am waiting on the next Rainshadow book from Jayne Castle.  The Hot Zone will be out in June and I will be among the first to pick it up. 

From Goodreads:

"The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret...

Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.

And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow."