Month: June 2018

“The Sentinel’s Reign” by Suzanne Rogerson

“The Sentinel’s Reign” by Suzanne Rogerson

Spoiler Alert!! There is a plot spoiler in this review – proceed with caution!!

Today is release day for this, the newest book, from Suzanne Rogerson!  The Sentinel’s Reign is book 2 in the Silent Sea Chronicles. In this installment, Calissa has become the Sentinel and Tei her confidante. Both are struggling a bit with the adjustment to their new roles. At the same time, Rathnor is upping his campaign against magic and the death and destruction is increasing. As Rathnor continues to get stronger the fate of Kalaya and its magic is becoming more and more precarious. Meanwhile, Captain Farrell is desperately trying to improve the lives of his people on Stone Haven, but unknown to him Rathnor is gradually taking over his mind and bending him to his will. What will the fate of Kalaya and Stone Haven be? Will Rathnor’s evil schemes be defeated? Will Calissa and Tei learn how to work together for the future of Kalaya?

Yummy is the word that comes to mind when I think about this book. As the second book in the series, my favorite characters are back, Callisa, Tei, Brogan and Mara. There are also some secondary characters that get a bigger role in this one, like Hafender the giant of a man who commands the military forces of the exiles. The characters that return just continue to develop as individuals and in their relationships with each other. The attraction between Tei and the handsome Brogan sees the most development and it is quite charming. I loved revisiting Kalaya and as in previous books the descriptions of the world and of the magic it contains are beautiful. I always appreciate the way the descriptions are woven into the story and don’t feel heavy or lecture-y. The story moves forward at a good pace that keeps the reader’s attention and there are enough curveballs to keep you guessing at the final outcome. There is a 3rd book planned for this series so don’t despair if you get to the end and want more. Even if you don’t like fantasy books usually, you will like this series, so don’t delay, get your copy today!

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-5-star-rating  4.5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

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Weekly Round-Up 6/24/2018

Happy Sunday followers! I can’t believe that this is the last Sunday in June. Not much going on around here this past week, but tomorrow my son and I will be going to his new college for registration and orientation, so that will be a big day. But you’re just here to see what my numbers look like this week, so let’s get into it.

TBR – I finished one book but I didn’t add any this week. TBR is now at 276.

Goodreads Challenge – Not so good, I am 2 books behind schedule this week.

NetGalley Score – Good news here, my score rose to 84%.

John Connolly Challenge – I’m still listening to “The Unquiet”. I’m about halfway through.

Coming Up – I’m thinking about reading nothing but NetGalley titles for the month of July so I can bring down my backlist of titles. But for this coming week, I hope to finish “The Sentinel’s Reign” by Suzanne Rogerson and maybe “The Unquiet” also. I have some other irons in the fire right now that are taking away some of my reading time so I’m not going to commit myself to too much.

Have a wonderful week.

Happy Reading!

 

“Broomsticks Over Flaxborough” by Colin Watson

“Broomsticks Over Flaxborough” by Colin Watson

It’s been a couple weeks since I visited Flaxborough and I just had to check and see what Inspector Purbright is up to. Well, he certainly has his hands full in this story with witches and Lucies and dead store managers. Once again, Colin Watson does not disappoint. When Edna Hillyard disappears and Mr. Persimmon is found dead, both after a night of dancing with the local witches’ coven, Purbright and Sgt. Love and hot on the trail of the culprit. Miss Teatime is also making herself useful with some inside knowledge into local going-on. And because it’s the 60’s there are Lucies going door-to-door asking questions. I’m not going to say any more about the Lucie’s because you really need to read the book and experience them for yourself. This is book 7 in the series and one of the best so far. Any of the books in this series will make a great summer read.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Amazon CA

P.S. The Kindle edition is only 99 cents on Amazon US right now!

Weekly Round-Up 6/17/2018

Good morning one and all! It’s been a rainy weekend here so far. We even had some hail on Friday night. My new flowers are looking pretty sad after that but they appear to still be alive at least. It’s been a slow reading week for me so let’s take a look and see just how slow.

TBR – I finished reading … wait for it … 1 book! Woo-hoo! Yea me! I also added 2 to the list. So my total is now 277.

Goodreads Challenge – I am 1 book behind schedule.

NetGalley score – Still stuck at 83%.

John Connolly Challenge – I am listening to book 6 “The Unquiet” but I haven’t been very consistent with my listening so I haven’t gotten very far yet.

Coming Up – I am currently reading “Broomsticks Over Flaxborough” by Colin Watson,Broomsticks Over Flaxborough and “The Sentinel’s Reign” by Suzanne Rogerson. The Sentinel's ReignBroomsticks is already out and Suzanne’s book releases on the 29th if I’m not mistaken.

So that’s how the week ends. I hope you all are doing better with your reading goals than I am. See you next week!

Happy Reading!

 

“Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier

“Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier

Need a little suspense while you’re soaking up the sun this summer? Then take a copy of “Jar of Hearts” in your luggage. Geo is serving a 5-year sentence for the part she played in the murder of her best friend when she was 16. Her former boyfriend is sentenced to life. As her release date approaches, Calvin, the ex-boyfriend, has escaped from prison. And then, two bodies are found in the same location as the original murder victim. Kaiser, the police detective on the case has been in love with Geo since high school, and fears that Calvin may be coming back for her. With her only support coming from her widowed father Geo is trying to put her life back together but can she overcome the memories, and will they locate Calvin before more women have to die?

Do not hesitate to pick up this book. If you like psychological thrillers you will not be disappointed. This is the first book I’ve read from this author but it won’t be the last. This story is complex and twisty is all the right ways. The story is told both in the present and the past through the memories of the characters. The circumstances of the original murder unfold gradually in way that keeps you wondering and wanting more. I also really loved the characters created here. Geo may at first seem predictable but as you follow her you begin to see just how complicated her life has been and how she came to make the choices she did, good and bad. I liked her both as a teenager and as an adult. Kaiser is also a very likeable guy. He’s handsome, devoted to duty, but also a very caring and loyal person. He matures through the story from an awkward teenage boy into a highly respected law enforcement officer and friend. The icing on the cake for me is that the story is set in the Pacific Northwest, my favorite part of the country. I hope you check this one out because it’s worth the hype.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

Weekly Round-Up 6/10/2018

So yesterday evening I went out to water my plants and trees and when I came back into the garage I heard a bird chirping and movement in the eaves of the garage. Turns out there was a little bird trapped inside and she couldn’t figure out how to get low enough to go through the doors. We tried scaring her in the right direction but that was a complete fail. So before I went to bed I decided to leave the walk-thru door open and I put a bucket of water right next to the door thinking she was probably thirsty and once she found the water she could just go out the door. Well, apparently this technique works because this morning there was no sign of her. That was a happy ending. On the other hand, the wild rabbits have been chewing on the flowers that my Mom and I recently planted. Not such a happy ending. End of wildlife adventure, let’s move on to books.

TBR – I finished reading 2 books and then NetGalley decided to grant some of my wishes (the problem with wishing for things is that you might get them) and I added 3 books to the list. The grand total is now 276.

Goodreads Challenge – The main page counter is still being glitchy but I am back to being on track here.

NetGalley Score – Still at 84%.

John Connolly Challenge – I picked up the audiobook version of Book 6 “The Unquiet” and the narrator is one of my all-time favorites.

Coming Up – So I’m listening to “The Unquiet“.The Unquiet I have also started reading “Jar of Hearts” by Jennifer Hillier (releases on June 12th).Jar of Hearts After that, I can’t wait to pick up Suzanne Rogerson’s new book “The Sentinel’s Reign” (available June 29). The Sentinel's Reign

I hope you all are having a good weekend. Please comment below if you have a wildlife adventure you’d like to share.

Happy Reading !

 

“Fire in the Thatch” by E. C. R. Lorac

“Fire in the Thatch” by E. C. R. Lorac

Ah! The beauty of the Devonshire countryside. Who would dare to blemish this lovely spot with arson and murder? That is the question facing Inspector MacDonald of Scotland Yard. It’s near the end of World War II and Nicholas Vaughan has retired from the Navy after losing an eye in a shipboard incident. He takes up the tenancy of a cottage and land called Little Thatch in Devon and immediately begins fixing the place up. He’s a very quiet man but lets it slip to his landlord, Colonel St. Cyres, that he is planning to take a wife. That is until the night that the cottage burns down with him in it. The Coroner rules it an accident but Vaughan’s former Navy superior wields his influence and gets MacDonald sent to take a second look at the investigation. What seems straightforward at the outset turns into a very twisty tale.

This book is a British Library Crime Classic and the first I have read by this author. I would say that it reads most like a cozy mystery but with the complexity of classic British crime. The story contains a variety of country and urban characters and makes a point of showing up the contrasts between the two. I found Inspector MacDonald to be what you would expect of Scotland Yard at that time: thorough, professional, and dogged in pursuit of answers. The writing style is a little more formal than today’s mysteries but not difficult to read. There are however some conversations with the Devon natives that are written in dialect and were a bit of challenge to get through. All of that being said, I did really enjoy this story, it’s slightly old-fashioned style being a nice change from the thrillers I’ve recently being reading.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  4-star-rating 4 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA

“Lullaby Road” by James Anderson

“Lullaby Road” by James Anderson

Something really different for your reading pleasure! Ben Jones is a truck driver on Route 117, a remote highway in the desert of Utah. He travels back and forth from Price to Rockmuse making deliveries the “desert rats” that live along his route. As he heads off on his route one winter morning he comes across a mute Hispanic child. Not being able to leave the child alone at a truck stop, he takes him with in the cab planning to find his father, a truck stop employee, upon his return. This is just the start of what will turn out to be a very unusual day for Ben and everyone who lives on Route 117.

This story is simply incredible and there’s really not a good category to put it in. It’s fiction but with a lot of mystery and thrills thrown in. Ben is a bit of a troubled soul. His lost the love of his life and his only comfort is the presence of a young single mom who lives in the other half of his duplex. His route puts him in contact with a wild assortment of people, some friendly, others downright hostile, and all wanting to be left alone. Rockmuse is a community that is slowly being abandoned following the withdrawal of a source of employment. This story is so rich with characters and all of them make the narrative happen, none of them feeling superfluous. I also really enjoyed the rich descriptions of the desert, capturing everything about it from the rocks to the weather, and you really get the feeling that the desert and the people that live there and somehow intrinsically intertwined with each other. Finally, the story itself is full of attention-grabbing interactions and twists that all feel like they could really happen but perhaps only in that place. You really should check out this rich and fascinating story.

Alinefromabook’s rating:  5-star-rating 5 stars!!

Happy Reading!

Links:   Amazon US   |   Amazon UK   |   Goodreads   |   Barnes & Noble   |   Amazon CA   |   Author’s website

May Book Haul

I thought it would be fun to gather up all the books I hauled in May and list them for you. You might find one you would like to read yourself.

May 5 – “Miss Seeton Flies High” by Hamilton Crane

Miss Seeton Flies High

May 6 – “The Flaxborough Crab” by Colin Watson

The Flaxborough Crab

Broomsticks Over Flaxborough” by Colin Watson

Broomsticks Over Flaxborough

May 9 – “Leave No Trace” by Mindy Mejia

Leave No Trace

May 15 – “A Gentleman’s Murder” by Christopher Huang

A Gentleman's Murder

May 16 – “The Naked Nuns” by Colin Watson

The Naked Nuns

One Man’s Meat” by Colin Watson

One Man's Meat

May 18 – “Weekend at Thrackley” by Alan Melville

Weekend At Thrackley

May 19 – Audiobook “The Cold Dish” by Craig Johnson

The Cold Dish

May 22 – “Magical Mystery Paws” by Mandy Morton

Magical Mystery Paws

May 29 – “When the Lights Go Out” by Mary Kubica

When the Lights Go Out

That’s everything I got. Looks like I have good summer reading lined up.

Happy Reading!

 

 

Weekly Round-Up 6/3/2018

Morning everybody! My news for the day is that we had a week of hot (90 degree) temperatures this past week and my son turned 18. We got to spend a really nice week with my parents, they live about 1000 miles from us so we don’t get to see them on a regular basis. Summer is off to a good start here in North Dakota. So let’s turn now to the book numbers and see what they look like.

TBR – I took a couple of books off the list because I started them and they just bored me. I finished one book and one audiobook this week and I acquired 2 books. The total today is 275.

Goodreads Challenge – I discovered yesterday that the Goodreads challenge report on the front page has a glitch and the number I reported last week was not correct. The correct number this week is that I am on track.

NetGalley score – 84% again this week.

John Connolly Challenge – I got distracted by the Walt Longmire series and have not yet picked up book 6 of the Charlie Parker series. Hopefully, I’ll get started on it later this week.

Coming Up – I am currently reading “Fire In the Thatch” by E.C.R. Lorac.Fire in the Thatch This is a title in the British Library Crime Classics from Poisoned Pen Press. I’m also reading “Lullaby Road” by James Anderson.Lullaby Road Also, coming soon is “The Sentinel’s Reign” the newest book by my favorite fantasy author Suzanne Rogerson.The Sentinel's Reign It comes out near the end of the month and I can’t wait to read it.

I think that’s it for now guys. I appreciate all of you who follow me and regularly read my posts.

Happy Reading!