Monday, April 17, 2017

Books: March Wrap Up

I had a great reading month in March. 4 books for #MarchMysteryMadness, 1 ARC, 1 book in prep for a buddy read in April, and 5 volumes of manga. A nice change of pace since I haven't been able to read that much in the last few months.

Elizabeth's channel (LizzyFayeLovesBooks)

Troi's channel (Troi Towel)

March Mystery Madness Twitter

Mystery Madness Goodreads Group

My LuLaRoe Boutique (US Only)

The blankets shown in the opener and closer were hand knit by me.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

#Book1CoziesClub | May Book of the Month

#Book1CoziesClub pick for May! I'm looking forward to reading this one as I know a few of our members have already enjoyed this title. Please join the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club in the Mystery Madness Goodreads Group to talk about it. You can also interact with us on Twitter @marchmysmadness

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on A Ghostly Undertaking (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1)

A Ghostly Undertaking A Ghostly Undertaking by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read for #Book1CoziesClub

Really enjoyed this and the writing was so easy to read! I found myself just going from chapter to chapter and not wanting to put the book down. I'm beginning to think that paranormal mysteries or cozies are my favorite types of books to read.

I enjoyed that Emma Lee used how everyone thought she had "Funeral Trauma" to her advantage. I had no idea who the culprit was, though I did have several suspicions. All of my suspicions were wrong, but that's what makes reading a mystery fun, at least for me. I'll definitely be continuing with this series and checking out more of the author's work.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Etched in Bone (The Others #5)

Etched in Bone Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven't anticipated a book like I anticipated this one in a very long time. It was everything I wanted and I'm not ashamed to say that I was smiling pretty big at the end. Bittersweet that, though I know it's not the end of the series, we will be shifting focus to some other characters in future books.

This book really brought a focus on family. What it means to be a part of the pack, how far do you allow a child or sibling to push you before it's too far? What does family look like? That being said, this story brought a character that was particularly despicable and his use of foul language was plentiful. There is physical abuse in this story as well.

The courtyard dynamics were very interesting. This is definitely going to need a re-read as I fear I missed a few things in my excitement of absorbing the audiobook, especially towards the end. Thankfully I don't have long to wait until it's my turn to receive a copy at my library. This one had such a satisfying ending as well! Seriously, it's what I have been waiting for since I read Written in Red. I recommend this series all the time and I'm going to continue doing so. It's definitely a favorite for me as far as series go!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Re-reading City of Bones

City of Bones City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The last time I read this book was back in late 2010/early 2011, but I never continued to the following books! I've been wanting to continue this series for a while and finally got a chance to re-read this one in preparation for that. I really enjoyed this. I listened to a majority of it this time on audiobook with Mae Whitman narrating and thought she did a wonderful job. I laughed out loud a few times and was surprised that the story stayed with me, for the most part. It's probably the fact that I've seen the movie and TV show, but I still really enjoyed revisiting this one. Looking forward to finally getting to the next book in this well known series!

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on Blueberry Muffin Murder (Hannah Swensen #3)

Blueberry Muffin Murder Blueberry Muffin Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read as part of #MarchMysteryMadness

It's been a while since I read the previous book in this series, but it was very easy to get back into it and it was nice revisiting the characters. Of course the recipes all look and sound yummy. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of it, but the love lines are getting on my nerves.

Three books in and we still have a love triangle. I'm not a fan of that because it seems like she's just stringing both guys along with no intention of making a decision. It sure seems, at least to me, that she likes one more than the other, but she shares romantic gestures more with the other guy. Not sure how long this is going to keep up, but I hope she makes a decision soon.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Books: My Thoughts on The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

In every chapter we have 2 points of view: Tea in the present, telling her story to a bard, and Tea in the past learning to become an asha. The premise is interesting and immediately as you start reading, you wonder to yourself about Tea's situation. You will not get an answer to the question that forms in your head in this installment, just so you know. The end of this book really pulls you in, but I wish the momentum that I felt at the end started a bit earlier in the book.

The story is very slow building. We follow Tea in her studies, which is very similar to a geisha or gisaeng, I think. She learns how to sing, dance, play instruments, but she also learns self defense and attack skills as well as ways to hone her magical abilities. Men hire her at tea houses for conversational and artistic entertainment and the more renown she becomes, the higher the price they pay for her company. Also, part of what she earns at the tea houses goes to paying back what her asha-ka, or the house that she belongs to, has already paid for her training. Reading how Tea learned these techniques and how she rises up the ranks was interesting, but it wasn't enough to glue me to the book until I finished, at least not until the last 10% of the book.

I do believe that if some of Tea's journey to becoming an asha were condensed, it would've propelled the story a bit faster. Part of what slowed me down is that there isn't a lot of action in the story. Nothing really pulled at me to come back to the story and I would step away from it for days at a time. Another thing that bothered me was that more than half way into the book we're told that Tea's name is pronounced Tay-uh. Personally, this was very confusing and I couldn't get myself to pronounce her name the way it was supposed to be pronounced. If this pronunciation was introduced at the beginning of the book, this wouldn't have made me stumble every time I read her name after that pronunciation was introduced.

Truthfully, this book took a lot longer to get through than I thought it would. I feel though that now that the story has gained momentum, the next book should move much faster and I am interested to see more of Tea's journey and get an answer to the question that I have had since the beginning of this book. I did enjoy this, despite my issues above, and am looking forward to the sequel.

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