Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Top Ten of 2012

Welcome to Tea Time with Marce, thanks for coming over........

It was a very hard first half of the year, a long reading slump due to grieving but an amazing second part of the year for reading.  I will not make my goal of reading 52 books but I am still pleased, I am currently reading #47.

I love Thrillers, Suspense and Mystery but overall I am an Eclectic reader.

Suspense, Classic - Love Love Love, this was an early read of the
year and stayed #1 easily


Memoir - Shocking but amazing
Thriller - Highly recommend, more need to read

Thriller - Highly recommend, my favourite character, Talanov
Most recommended book this year

YA - Deserved the hype and I don't do YA but wow, this
will pass the test of time for years to come

Suspense - My Favourite author

Thriller, Suspense - 2nd in a series, can't wait to continue

YA - I was really impressed, memorable

Graphic True Crime - 1st taste, I will do more True Crime for sure
Dark YA, Mystery, unique story

If your not participating in the meme, please leave your favourite book of the year in the comments.  I look forward to networking with everyone this week. 
Happy Holidays

Friday, December 28, 2012

Blog Hop - What is your chosen book to start the new year with?

Welcome to Tea Time with Marce. 
I am Hosting on behalf of Jennifer.  I look forward to Networking with everyone.
Happy New Year

What is your chosen book to start the new year with?


Favourites of 2012 - my post is here

December is always the month I decide what book will I be starting the new year with.  I never start a new book within 3 days because I want a frest start :-)

I am a Thriller, Suspense fan so I must start with that genre. I am starting with a highly recommended book and author from favourite bloggers, I am sure I will love it.

I will have to rent the movie adaptation after also, I am sure I watched it but don't remember any details.


Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review - The Shepherd by Ethan Cross

Book Summary from authors site

Marcus Williams and Francis Ackerman Jr. both have a talent for hurting people. Marcus, a former New York City homicide detective, uses his abilities to protect others, while Ackerman uses his gifts to inflict pain and suffering. When both men become unwilling pawns in a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of our government, Marcus finds himself in a deadly game of cat and mouse trapped between a twisted psychopath and a vigilante with seemingly unlimited resources. Aided by a rogue FBI agent and the vigilante’s beautiful daughter -a woman with whom he’s quickly falling in love- Marcus must expose the deadly political conspiracy and confront his past while hunting down one of the most cunning and ruthless killers in the world.

My Review - 4 1/2

Now this is what i'm talking about, a thriller for those that want to know the details of torture, blood and death, whooooah Ethan Cross, what a delivery in the crime genre.  Do you wanna play a game is the perfect tag line.  The serial killer plays the cruelest torture games on his victims, totally on the edge of your seat, eyes wide open scenes.  Who can be like that, only a monster with sadistic thoughts for sure.  This thriller is not for all, some will not be able to handle the torture games but if you love this genre for the entertainment wow factors definitely give it a go.

I loved hearing about how he got like this, from his father doing an experiment but you have to wonder if evil was just in his blood also.  I would have to say Ackerman is the craziest cruelest serial killer I have read about.  He came upon Marcus, the good guy, and felt this was fate.  Another game of good versus evil.

How Marcus got himself involved was just by chance and became the game of his life.  Would he be the shepherd, a lamb, the wolves or part of the pact.  We meet the Shepherd Organization and I can't wait to read on to see how this all ends.  Craziness it is, enough to make anyone go crazy and talk about playing with fire, everyone will get burnt but maybe Ackerman and Marcus love it.

This was so good I downloaded the next immediately, The Prophet, he has also just released The Cage, the thriller novella.  This is a thriller totally for movie adaptation, bring it on.


It's almost as if he doesn't kill for himself.  It's like hes trying to give the world what they expect a crazed killer to be.  He's playing the role that he feels was assigned to him."

Now, he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time once again, engaging in a life or death, kill or be killed struggle. 31% on Kindle

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  78% on Kindle


Friday, December 21, 2012

Blog Hop - What Book were you determined to read this year but didn't?

Welcome to Tea Time with Marce, I am the Host for the end of the year Book Blogger Hop on behalf of Jennifer.  I look forward to networking with you.
Happy Holidays

What book were you determined to read this year and you still didn't pick up? Is it at least on your bookshelf or ereader?

I love Michelle Zink, I read the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy and am captivated with her writing, it is a visual journey while reading.

I had this one in my calendar for the release date, one of my most anticipated reads and I never got to it or brought it, sigh.

The issue, YA is not really my cup of tea, it is more like a bonus when I find one I am intrigued with and then love.  So overall the YA mood never really came to read this one. 

I will change that in the new year though.

How about you, I look forward to reading your answer, thanks for participating.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Review - Snowed Over by Angie Stanton

Book Summary

To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?

Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.

A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.

Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.

However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best.
My Review - 4 1/2 stars
I really enjoyed this gem, very charming Christmas read.  And that cover, a favourite winter festive one, it sold me.
College life is a big change for kids, the change of child to adult with new emotions and responsibility.  When holiday breaks come most children can't wait to spend time with their families doing the traditions they grew up with. 
What if everything changes, how do you deal it?
When Katie gets a ride with Alex to drive to their families they are aware of snow coming but not a blizzard.  I loved the conversation between the two, a genuine feel to getting to know others during college years and now having to deal with tragedy together. 
I think there is just something about snow which creates magic even in a blizzard.
I love when you read novellas and wish they were longer, I definitely could have spent more time with these characters.
There were a few grammar tense editing changes needed but over all I loved the story.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Monday - Are you reading festive books?

Sheila over at Book Journey has an incentive for networking so go over and have fun while continuing to add to your 2012 Wishlist.

Did everyone start Christmas early, the blogosphere has been very quiet.......

I have only read 2 festive reads so far but loved them, very charming way to bring in the holiday.

I completed this one, review will be up on Wednesday.

I reviewed this one here.

I'm currently reading a great Serial Killer Thriller.

I also reviewed this inspired noir true crime book.

What is next...  Can you recommend another festive read, one of your favourites?


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sundays in Bed with..... Snowed Over

My 5 year old woke me for breakfast, in her words "I'm starving", so quickly made breakfast and then hopped back in bed so I can finish Snowed Over.  A charming, romantic Christmas novella. If your looking for a quick Christmas read I would recommend it.

Book Summary from Amazon

To college student, Katie Brandt, ‘Home for the Holidays’ sounds like hell. When her parents separated, their holiday traditions shattered like a dropped ornament. What could be worse than celebrating Christmas with her suddenly single mom and mom’s new boyfriend?

Alex Walker, an engaged 20-year-old, dreads going home for his own reasons. He has a daunting task ahead of him and wishes he could skip the holidays altogether. So when a friend of a friend needs a ride north, Alex finds that having beautiful Katie seated by his side proves to be just the distraction he needs.

A simple ride home for Christmas turns into a nightmare when light snow rages into a full-scale blizzard. Katie and Alex find themselves stranded, and a vacant cabin becomes a haven from the storm.
Under different circumstances, time alone with Alex would be the ultimate Christmas gift, but Katie knows Alex is engaged and she must hide her growing attraction.

However, Alex harbors a secret that just might change this holiday from the worst Christmas ever, to the best.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Review - The Prophet by Amanda Stevens

Book Summary

My name is Amelia Gray.
I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I've broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.  In order to protect myself, I've vowed to return to those rules. But the ghost of a murdered cop needs my help to find his killer. The clues lead me to the dark side of Charleston—where witchcraft, root doctors and black magic still flourish—and back to John Devlin, a haunted police detective I should only love from afar.  Now I'm faced with a terrible choice: follow the rules or follow my heart.

My Review - 3 stars

I read this one as a ARC and just couldn't put my thoughts together.   This was suppose to be an end to a trilogy and was so successful, it is now being continued as a series.  I was absolutely loving The Graveyard Series, but unfortunately for me this felt like a transition novel, it didn't meet expectations and I was bored at times, so disappointed.

The creepiness is still there and done well, you can feel the presence of the ghosts and the eerie atmospheres.  Can a ghost manipulate, blackmail and make you feel emotions you don't understand, absolutely, especially when you are Amelia.

I couldn't wait to read more about Amelia and Delvin, well that suspense was for nothing, but in the end I felt maybe that is for the next installment.  Delvin is still haunted by his wife and child, this is done very well. 

Amelia doesn't follow the rules her father taught her, she has tempted fate, hmm, I can't wait for the overall consequences of this throughout the rest of the series.

Amelia is still learning who she is and why ghost come to her.  The Prophet does come together for this meaning and Amelia is fighting with understanding her past and her future.  I do think Amanda Stevens is a great author and I love the characters.  I am very excited to read more of this series and think the next book will be amazing.  Her fans of course are happy but I think the decision may have came to late in the writing of this one.

Favourite quote

But no rationale could convince me that the one crawling on my shoe had been an accident.  I no longer believed in the randomness of the universe or the happenstance of everyday occurrences.  Everything happened for a reason, and I was very much afraid this current synchronicity would be the death of me. 

My Reviews


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Review - The Wicked Wives by Gus Pelagatti

Summary inspiration from author to write Wicked Wives

When I was eight years old, I overheard adults in my South Philadelphia neighborhood discussing seventeen disenchanted and unfaithful neighborhood wives who allegedly murdered their husbands for insurance money. This was a fascinating topic for an 8 year- old boy eavesdropping on adult conversation. People were discussing the true story of Philadelphia’s infamous 1938 poison murder conspiracy scandals. My fascination led to obsession as I grew older, and I knew that I had to write about these women, their lovers and their husbands.

My Review - 4 stars

Suspense thriller meets historical fiction creating a great crime novel.   This had it all, love, sex, money, betrayal, crime, court scenes and some great charming, manipulative characters.

The author Gus was eight when he was hearing everyone around him talking about the wicked wives case.  This was his inspiration to write this 1937 noir true crime story from the neighbourhood of the city of Philadelphia.  Women falling for the same gigolo and then poisoning their husbands for insurance money.  They all thought a great plan until they realised they were competing for the same man.  It made me think what was keeping their mouths shut or from killing Giorgio themselves.

Rossi the Detective in charge is also running for District Attorney and is doing his best to keep upstanding morals but coming up against the worst scenarios, will he succeed or give in for his career.  He lived by this saying, also a great quote in the book "Take love away from life...and you take away life's pleasures." 

The suspense in this novel was thrilling, an edge of your seat couldn't wait for the next page, next chapter kind of book.  The court proceedings were nicely done and down right hilarious.

I love how it all came together and the mystery on who was behind everything, well done, you will enjoy this read, very entertaining.

A favourite quote, giving feel of book...........

The courtroom had an overflow crowd and everyone was sitting on the edges of their seats, waiting to hear the details of the case, waiting to be shocked, appalled, and delighted by the sordidness of it all.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review - Yuletide Treasure by Andrea Kane


Just in time for the holidays, Andrea Kane's beloved short story Yuletide Treasure is available as an eBook for the first time ever.

Yuletide Treasure captures holiday magic as it transports us to a village in Victorian England, where an embittered earl seeks a governess for a lovely, defiant little girl named Noelle.

My Review - 5

Andrea Kane can do no wrong in my eyes, she has proven she deserves the place of my favourite author.  I came across her suspense novels 3 years ago and have loved every one.  I am still working my way through her back list.  Well this gem was announced to release as an ebook and I knew I wanted to try her holiday story.

This is not a suspense holiday read but an adult fiction, historical romance.  Andrea Kane is talented, she writes suspense, romance and historical fiction, I am so impressed.

This is a charming read I highly recommend.  The feel of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett mixed into one.  I loved both of those as much as this one.  I would have loved for it to be a full story but the short story was also perfect.

The characters attach to your heart and the lovely little Noelle adds a lovely touch for a 4 year old girl.  I would love to read more of these characters.

What is the meaning of life?  All the characters, young and old, figure this out.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

The last month of reading, what are you reading?

Sheila over at Book Journey has an incentive for networking so go over and have fun while continuing to add to your 2012 Wishlist.

I just finished a charming holiday read, review up tomorrow. 5 star

I completed this one, will try to review this week. 4 star

I have no idea what I want to read next, I went through my Wishlist and couldn't decide, what is up with that. 

If I do a Christmas read I have chosen........


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WoW - More from Kristin Hannah

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

More by Kristin Hannah, so excited.  How gorgeous is the cover.

Publication Date - April 23, 2013

Book Summary

Kristin Hannah's FIREFLY LANE became a touchstone novel in women’s lives. Across the world, women embraced the story of Tully and Kate’s enduring friendship. They laughed with Tully and cried with Kate and anguished over Tully's fractured relationship with her mother. Now, five years later, in FLY AWAY, Kristin Hannah returns to the world of these unforgettable characters and asks the question…

How do you hold yourself together when your world has fallen apart…  FLY AWAY is the story of three women who have lost their way and need each other—plus a miracle—to transform their lives.   An emotionally-complex, heartwrenching novel about love, family, motherhood, loss, and redemption, FLY AWAY reminds us that where there is life, there is hope and where there is love, there is forgiveness. Told with her trademark visceral storytelling and illuminating prose, Kristin Hannah reveals why she is one of the most beloved writers of our day.

Monday, December 3, 2012

A walk down memory lane......

I had an amazing family moment yesterday with my 5 year old daughter and her dad.  I had been telling her about the movie E.T. and she said we have to get it.  I remembered it being a favourite of mine and seeing it in the theatre.

It was really amazing to watch again through her eyes.  The sitting on the edge of her seat, sad, laughing and the ultimate cry at the end, awwww.  What a beautiful experience down memory lane.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.
Hilary Cooper
The book moment I can't wait to experience with her is The Secret Garden.  My review of that one is here.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review - They Won't Be Missed by Skyler West

Book Summary

The homeless are restless. One by one, they’re going missing.
For years, Mark Casey lived on the streets. But those days are behind him. He’s holding down a job and getting his life back on track.
But when a homeless man reaches out for help, it kick starts a chain of events that could see Mark lose everything, including his young daughter.
Until now, no one had noticed the homeless were missing. But for Mark, the cards are stacked against him. He’s getting too close. They’re watching him. He’s wanted for crimes he didn’t commit. And soon he realises what is happening is on a far larger scale than he could ever imagine.
A plot of unspeakable evil is occurring in the city, and Mark, whose choices are limited, risks becoming one of the missing to find out …

My Review - 3

I really enjoyed the first half of the book, a cop who had been through hard times, lived on the streets, worked through it and now is trying to prove he can have his daughter full time.  Mark is a little hot headed but we realise this is a coping mechanism that needs to be reformed.  He is so close to getting his daughter when we are caught by surprise with an unspeakable scene, immediately catches your attention and puts you on edge.

Mark ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, acting as a good Samaritan with the responsibility of a cop.  He gets involved in what looks like an innocent situation.  Those from the top don't like it and make his life hell with one tragic decision.

In order to prove his worth and the continuation of meeting his personal goal, his daughter, he starts investigating informally.

This is where the book took a dive for me.  I do not enjoy dystopian, other world type books and I felt this one went to far to the unbelievable.  I think sticking to a true secret experiment would have been more believable and getting a more in depth reason on why would have helped.

It all came together at the end but I really didn't enjoy the second half at all and had issues with story connections.  Some scenes could have been better and history of characters should have been more flushed out.

I did enjoy the concept of using homeless people and the experiment undertaken.  Also, it felt like two books into one, I just didn't buy this mix of genres.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday - Andrea Kane for Christmas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event spotlighting upcoming releases we are highly anticipating. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Andrea Kane is one of my favourite Thriller authors so when I saw she was releasing a Christmas short story I was excited.  Different from what I am used to but willing to try and get ready for the holiday spirit.

Yuletide Treasure - releasing Nov 27, 2012

Yuletide Treasure captures holiday magic as it transports us to a village in Victorian England, where an embittered earl seeks a governess for a lovely, defiant little girl named Noelle.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review - The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Book Summary

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
My Review - 4 1/2
What a great read, I actually enjoyed, almost loved a hyped book, I have to agree that this one deserves the hype, wow wow wow.  And............ it is YA, not my cup of tea but it had me engaged the whole time.  Something about the summary and reviews, I was intrigued, very glad I gave it a try.
An emotional book with lots of humour, dark humour, childish humour, many many many laughs throughout the story. 
I loved getting to know teenagers that are not the norm, almost everyone had cancer in different forms and a major plus is that the parents were included in the story.  Hazel and Gus had their own language, what I consider true soul mates.  I loved their journey, my favourite parts were the dialogue throughout the story, fascinating, beautiful, emotional and downright hilarious.
The scenarios of what Hazel and Gus chose has their wish, kind of Wish Foundation was so amazing I was touched.  Gus reaction to Hazel's was a favourite funny part.  Quote "Hazel GRACE!" he shouted.  "You did not use your one dying Wish to go to Disney World with your parents."  "Also Epcot Center," I mumbled. "Oh, my God," Augustus said.  "I can't believe I have a crush on a girl with such cliche wishes."  Seriously, that is the best dialogue ever. 
I think this book will pass the test of time and 10 years from now will still be on reader and book stores favourite lists.
I highly recommend this one, I think everyone will enjoy.  There is so much in this book and the reviews I have read give minimal, mainly I believe because you just have to experience it for yourselves without any prior knowledge of details.
I have to now go read more John Green, he may just become my YA go to author when I'm in the mood.
The bloggers review that finally made me add it to my Wishlist was Kimberly at On the Wings of Books, her review is here, she did more of a vent of amazement kind of review.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

ARC Review - The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

Book Summary

Andrew Morrison sacrificed everything - his childhood, his education, and the girl of his dreams - to look after his alcoholic mother.  But enough is enough, and now he's determined to get out and live his life.

That means trading the hole he grew up in for a rented room in the house of an old chidhood friend - both of which are in sorry shape.

The only thing worse than Drew's squalid new digs and sullen new roommate is the envy he feels for the house next door: a picture-perfect suburban domicile straight out of Norman Rockwell, with a couple of happy householders to match.

But the better acquainted he gets with his new neighbors - especially the sweet and sexy Harlow Ward - the more he suspects unspeakable darkness beyond the white picket fence.

THE NEIGHBORS is an insidiously entertaining tale of psychological suspense and mounting terror by the boldest new master of the form, Ania Ahlborn.

My Review - 3 1/2

We meet the sexy, picture perfect neighbor, Harlow.  Well she is the ultimate soul mate of Norman Bates from the classic book, Psycho.  I could not stop thinking about that book when I was reading this one.  Harlow is a sick and twisted lady, multiple personalities for sure, even if no one knows it other than her beloved husband.

I enjoyed the idea of those running away from something in their past but as the saying goes, it is not always greener on the other side.  Andrew was a sweet gullible young man.  Reading about how he was manipulated seemed to simplistic but knowing he was not the 1st and maybe not the last victim created a mess with your head read.  Harlow gave a new dimension to the idea of neighborly love.

I did fell like the book could have gave us so much more or took us down an edge of your seat scary path but it didn't.  It was almost as if Ania restrained herself, thinking it may be to much or too dark.

Such a great dark read.  Ania Ahlborn has a debut book Seed which was a #1 Kindle read on Amazon.  I look forward to reading that one now.  She has a dark artistic side that she has created as her own personal style and I think will become known for. 


Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Monday after........

To join this great meme, go over to Sheila over at Book Journey

To all my blogging friends affected by Hurricane Sandy, my heart goes out to you.  I guiltily have to admit that in Bermuda we do not really blink at category 1's so when I saw the disaster pictures after I was in shock.  "How can that be, it was only a storm and then category 1, how did that happen, omg"

I hope your family and friends are safe and coping.  I am saddened for you now.  Hurricane, flooding, snow storm, Megastorm for sure.

On to books........

I am currently reading an ARC.  It will be released November 27.

I started and think I will finish, decided to read slower.  I think I will enjoy better this way.

I reviewed this incredible memoir here - My review

I also reviewed this one - My review

Any I wanted to share my 2 favourite shots from Hurricane Sandy.  Amazing nature after disaster.
Pictures from


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Review - January First by Michael Schofield

Book Summary from Amazon

A New York Times bestseller, January First captures Michael and his family's remarkable story in a narrative that forges new territory within books about mental illness. In the beginning, readers see Janni’s incredible early potential: her brilliance, and savant-like ability to learn extremely abstract concepts. Next, they witnesses early warning signs that something is not right, Michael’s attempts to rationalize what’s happening, and his descent alongside his daughter into the abyss of schizophrenia. Their battle has included a two-year search for answers, countless medications and hospitalizations, allegations of abuse, despair that almost broke their family apart and, finally, victories against the illness and a new faith that they can create a life for Janni filled with moments of happiness.

A compelling, unsparing and passionate account, January First vividly details Schofield’s commitment to bring his daughter back from the edge of insanity. It is a father’s soul-baring memoir of the daily struggles and challenges he and his wife face as they do everything they can to help Janni while trying to keep their family together.

My Review - 5 star

This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read.  Emotional, heartbreaking, passionate, the incredible scary reality of the Schofields.  I will be following Michael's blog, Jani's Journey, as I am in awe of his commitment, he may not be perfect but him and his wife Susan are amazing in my eyes.  They did for Jani what no other parent or medical professional could have done.  They loved Jani with a true forever. 

I didn't realise it was the same family I had seen on the news or Oprah but what I saw was how the book ended with the decision to live separately.   It was great to see how it all began with January and how being called January would trigger one of her tantrums, soon becoming reality of her hallucinations.  Her parents thought she may be a genius as she could read and write, had a mathematical mind at age 2 but reality was there was something more, a psychosis. Many medical staff I don't think understood what Michael and Susan were going through because January was there youngest patient to have schizophrenia and I believe they were scared to label her.  During this long year she was misdiagnosed or maybe a better term would be the professionals lacked the importance of diagnosing her.  I have to give the parents the out most respect for pushing forward and wanting the best for their family.  Jani is five so some believe it is just sever anxiety, autistic, she doesn't want to deal with the real world and maybe even bipolar.  The parents are questioning schizophrenia and keep getting shut down, this was mind blowing to me.

My only query which I have to be honest is a little judgemental, why would they have another child.  I loved how near the end this was answered, not only for me but for them also.  The violence they experienced was unreal and when Jani asked to go to the psyche ward so she won't hurt her brother or mommy it was torture, she is only 5, how can she understand that. At times I had to put the book down, it was just to hard to embrace but I felt the pull to pick it back up and read on. 

There were some funny scenes that were also educational.  Michael forgot to cut her medicine so bit it to give to her and a few crushed pieces he swallowed.  The effect of this seriously had me crying with laughter.  Finding the right medicine for January was difficult and hardly noticed as an impact to her, but a few crushed pieces had Michael in a moment of feeling like he was stuck in quick sand, reality or not, totally funny.

I loved how the idea of living in 2 homes came from them, undeniable love.  They didn't know how they would do it but learned to figure it out moment to moment.  I look forward to following there journey.

I have always had a love for understanding mental illness which is what drew me to this book.

I wish the Schofield's the best and hope the journey gets easier, continue to love and uphold each other.  I also hope that one day a magic drug will assist families with mental illness, either with a cure or way to have more than just great moments but amazing days, weeks, months or years.

A few favourite quotes

I'm relieved, still clinging to the belief that the source of Janni's violence is a disconnect between the age of her body and the age of her mind. Kindle at 17%

I want to take Susan in my arms, but not because I want to comfort her.  There is no comforting.  This is hell.  I want to grab on to Susan to stop myself from slipping under.  My heart is ripping apart.  Kindle at 36%

But every day there are also moments where I see her smile, moments when I havve hope, moments when I feel at peace with our future, whatever might come our way. Kindle at 99%


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Review - In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan

Book summary from Amazon (teaser)

A window cut into a girl's body sets off a desperate search for a serial killer with an artistic bent.

Liv "Boots" Bergen is shocked when the body of a stunning college intern working in her Colorado limestone quarry is found on the shores of a nearby reservoir. Clues are scarce--except that the crime scene appears to be a macabre, intricately staged tableau.

My Review - 4 stars

I knew this was a series, I mainly enjoy stand alone's so I initially thought OMG we will be dealing with the same serial killer, sigh, but nope looks like different cases for the series but the same amateur girl next door acting detective, Liv and the real Detective Streeter.  So in the Belly of Jonah we get it all with a good wrap up, I am pleased.

I did a minor in Art History so I completely got the mysterious brutal and gruesome parts but it didn't take away from the story at all, if anything it helped with the visuals.  A sick and twisted serial killer that thought far to much of himself.

I did like the idea that Liv came across as just using her brain and experiences to be able to help the Detectives instead of a wannabe that is better than the cops, that usually is a put off to me.   She was directly involved as the victim worked for her and the Detective was an old friend from college.  They dealt with the critical incident with staff very well, completely believable.  What was unbelievable is staying with Liv during the investigation, that would never get approved with Liv being so close to the investigation.  Especially since it wasn't a secret, ridiculous.

I was pleased that people actually died, the ones who usually never do, that was well done, gave us some good action.  Sandra Brannan did a great job on giving you ideas of who the murderer was so it became a him or him or is it someone else, good suspense.

This was a strong debut, well thought out.  A touch on the cozy side for me other than brutal scenes but overall it worked.  I will continue to read this series.

I read this after recommendation from blogger friend Michelle at red headed book child.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Reading and more reading but reviews eek

Sheila over at Book Journey has an incentive for networking so go over and have fun while continuing to add to your 2012 Wishlist.

Friends, I am not doing good in the review department, I am 3 behind.  I know some of you may not think that is bad, but I read one book a week and usually write my reviews right after I complete one so this new habit is not good, I can't imagine my reviews being good enough, sigh.

I need to write reviews for The Prophet (Book 3) by Amanda Stevens, Club Shadowlands (Book  1) by Cherise Sinclair and In the Belly of Jonah by Sandra Brannan.

I just completed - review to come this week, a 4 star read

I reviewed Primal here, amazing thriller, a 5 star read
I also reviewed Attorney Client Privilege, a 4 star read
I'm currently reading - fascinating so far
What is up next..... I have no idea, i'm such a mood girl.  Peculiar Children has been on my TBR list next a couple of weeks now.

I also did a post about the Top Ten books I want to read this year. Go here to see my list.