Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Reading Round Up April 2014

Once again I did a lot of reading but almost no reviewing for the month. I finished April with a total of eight books read. Now that the husband is travelling less for work the reading will probably slow back down to my regular pace. Here's what I read for April:

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs - Book 8 in the Mercy Thompson series. The pack is threatened when Adam's ex-wife brings an unnatural stalker to their doorstep. This is another great addition to the series, although a bit smaller in scope than some of the other novels.

Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch - I enjoyed the majority of this story about Hannah, whose father disappeared when she was young and whose adult life is a mess, but I was disappointed with the ending.

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts - an Oprah Book Club Selection. I have no idea where I picked up this story of Novalee Nation and I wasn't sure about it when I grabbed it off the bookshelf but I was sucked into the story and the characters. I had a hard time putting the book down to do the things I needed to be doing.

The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison - This is not a Rachel Morgan novel but fits into the series at book 9.5. I love the way Kim Harrison used a story device to present the complete world of The Hollows from character bios to spells to how magic works to interspecies relations. This is a must read for all Rachel Morgan fans.

Emeralds Included by Betsy Woodman (available for pre-order, release date July 8, 2014) - The third book in the Jana Bibi series. I greatly enjoyed the first two Jana Bibi novels and the third did not disappoint. I loved learning more about Jana's family and seeing her push through a more personal difficulty. It was also fun to learn more about the supporting characters in the novels.

Yarn to Go by Betty Hechtman - The first in the Yarn Retreat series. Cozy mysteries are exactly my speed and when they include crafting or cooking even better. The Yarn Retreat series includes both as Casey Feldstein is a dessert chef who takes over her aunt's yarn business after her sudden death. This was a fun novel that left me wanting to bake and learn to knit.

Twisted Sisters by Jen Lancaster - I wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. I never liked the main character, although I don't think I was supposed to. While Reagan did have some realizations about her life by the end of the novel, it somehow felt like too little, too late to undo the damage she had caused within her own relationships.

The Ups and Downs of Being Dead by M. R. Cornelius - I won this book from Girl Who Reads but wasn't entirely convinced I would enjoy it. Boy, was I wrong! I was completely sucked into the story and the characters were all incredibly interesting. Just as Robert Malone is given much to think about while he waits for technology to bring him back from the dead, this book offered a lot for me to contemplate about relationships and personal choices.

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