Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday, March 21st

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released.

As usual, there are several I'm waiting for such as the newest Throne of Glass book or the next book in the Stoker and Holmes series. Most of the titles I am looking forward to are coming in the fall.

This is one that I am particularly excited about.  I discovered this series a few months back and read the first two books, Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula.  I really enjoyed them.

Escaping From Houdini
Kerri Maniscalco
Release Date: September 2018

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they're delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It's up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer's horrifying finale?

What are you waiting for?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Review: The Woman in the Window

I was a little bit leery when approached about reading The Woman in the Window with my friends for book club. I had read The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Girl on the Train and I just wasn’t really satisfied with either of them. I was concerned that this would be the same type of story however, the only aspect of this concern that came true was the fact that the main character had a drinking problem, which seems to be a trend for female lead characters these days. Aside from that, I loved this book. The characters were real and I was invested in their well-being.  The main character, Anna, was likable even though she was emotionally unwell and I rooted for her from beginning to end. I loved the fact that I didn’t exactly know who committed the crime right away even though I had my theories. I liked the fact that there was a twist that I didn’t see coming. I was also very excited when I found the clue that led us to the criminal right before it was revealed in the story. 

Also, the pace of the story was steady and I found that I didn’t want to put the book down (even though I had to on several occasions). The story wrapped up completely with all questions answered and I felt satisfied when I closed the book. I immediately lent it to another friend and I can't wait to see if she enjoys it as much as I did.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stacking the Shelves, February 24th

Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

One of my reading goals this year is to read more non-fiction so a few of my books are in this genre.  I love unsolved mysteries so, to make sure I accomplish my goal, I grabbed three that I am sure I will enjoy.  One is a reread and the other two are new.


I've read Dead Mountain but I recently watched a horror movie (I love horror movies) based on it titled Devil's Pass, and now I want to read it again.  It is about a group of hikers that went climbing and never returned.  They were found dead but the strange circumstances and evidence did not allow for a clear cause of death.  I found it to be fascinating.  I bought a hard cover this time instead of an e-book and plan to keep it on my shelf.  The other two seem interesting and I'm looking forward to them.

I also grabbed A Treacherous Curse, which is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series.  I loved the first two books so I'm excited for this one as well.

Finally, I was given Friends and Other Liars in exchange for an honest review. It looks great so I'll get started on that soon!

Happy reading everyone!  
Laura :)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Crazy, Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians was a lot of fun. I would have never known about this author or series if a friend hadn't recommended it to me so I'm so glad she did. 

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry.

I was hooked from the first scene in the coffee shop where Nick asked Rachel to join him in Singapore for the summer and I stayed hooked all the way to the end.  It helped that the narrator's voice was perfect for the story (I listened to the audiobook).  I always know I am enjoying a book when I start getting emotionally involved in it, talking to it (or yelling), feeling angry, happy, etc... The characters in this book were written so well that I felt like I was going through all of the emotional turmoil with them. Their personalities ranged from down to earth and modest to crazy eccentric and completely out of control. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions and also wanting a few of the characters to be swiftly removed from their high horses. Mostly though, I rooted for the two main characters to find their happiness.

And yes, I grabbed the sequel, China Rich Girlfriend, immediately.  I'm really looking forward to the continuation of this series.

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday, What are You Reading? February 12th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date and is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great post to organize yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and add to that ever growing TBR pile! Also, one of my favorite book memes because I get to spend hours browsing everyone else titles... 

What I just finished:
Crazy Rich Asians was recommended to me by a friend and I really enjoyed it.  It's like a peek into the lives of fantastically rich families in Singapore.  The characters were all completely engaging and I became quite invested in the happiness of the two main characters as they navigated through the sea of eccentric and extremely meddlesome family members trying to plan their lives for them. 

What I'm reading now:
I have two books going right now.  I grabbed the audio of China Rich Girlfriend as soon as I finished Crazy Rich Asians and one print book that I have been trying to find time to finish The Dire King for several weeks now.  It is good but my schedule has been crazy.

What I'm reading next:
I'm really looking forward to my next read.  It is the third book in the Veronica Speedwell mystery series, A Treacherous Curse.  These are a lot of fun and I adore this setting.  It is one of my favorites!

What are you reading?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros.

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intros. is hosted by Bibliophile By the Sea and is all about sharing the first paragraph or two from a book you are about to read. I'm currently reading a book that I really didn't think I was going to enjoy.  It was recommended by a friend and isn't my usual genre but I am finding that the further into it I get, the more I am liking it.

My First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday Intro.
Crazy Rich Asians

"He wants to take me home. He wants me to meet his family.  The long-dormant romantic in her was awakening, and she knew there was only one answer to give. "I'll have to check with my dean to see when I'm needed back, but you know what? Let's do this!" Rachel declared.  Nick leaned across the table, kissing her jubilantly.

Minutes later, before Rachel herself knew for certain her summer plans, the overheard details of her conversation had already begun to spread far and wide, circling the globe like a virus set loose.

I doctored this a little bit because if I really included what I wanted, it would have been way too long. lol.  So, just trust me when I say this book is really funny and enjoyable.  I just found out they are also making it into a movie and I love to read the book before the movie.  

Have a great week!
Laura :)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Can't Wait for Wednesday, January 24th

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released.  

I have so many choices... some of which don't even have titles yet like the newest Throne of glass book or the next book in the Stoker and Holmes series.  Two of the books I can't wait to read aren't coming out until fall.  So sad to have to wait so long...  :(

This is one that I have really been looking forward to as well that will be coming out in the late spring.

The Convent's Secret is the fifth book in the Glass and Steele series.  It comes out on March 6, 2018 and I am really looking forward to it.

To find the one man who can fix the magic in Matt’s watch, he and India are led to a convent where the nuns will do anything to keep their secrets private. Including murder? Matt and India must uncover the truth behind the disappearance of the mother superior and two babies given to her care many years ago. But sometimes, the truth is painful and its exposure can have deadly consequences.

With his magic watch slowing down, Matt needs all the help India and his friends can offer before time runs out. But his nemesis will do anything to bring about his downfall, including rock Matt’s family with a scandal that can ruin them, and Matt and India’s chance of happiness.

What are you waiting for?