Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Adult and YA Teasers (August 22, 2017)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser on Inside of a Dog:
He studied me, his deep-set eyes revealing nothing.

Then he said, "I can offer you more than insight."
- The Bronze Skies by Catherine Asaro




Teaser on Ms. Martin Teaches Media:

"You're not any of the other guys," she says.

"Yeah," I reply, "because I've got my own personal babysitter. Look, you're a girl. I don't expect you to understand."
- The Pearl Wars (Skyship Academy) by Nick James

Monday, August 21, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 21, 2017)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I will be combining my YA and adult reading and purchases on this one weekly roundup. YA and middle grade reviews will still be posted on  Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.

Other Than Reading...

This past week felt like a week filled with errands. On Wednesday, my brother and I had a list: go pay for my new TV, shop for a new chair for my living room, and pick out light fixtures for our new garage. After throwing in lunch at Culver's, it took all day but everything got done.

On Thursday, we met at the Locust Street house for a final clean-out. We discovered that a number of boxes that were stored under the eaves had not been pulled out for the sale. I discovered 4 boxes of my books that I had put there more than 20 years ago. Large assortment of Star Trek paperbacks, anyone? I also discovered a box labelled China Cabinet which I am still digging into and some boxes from my mother including some hats from the 1940s and 1950s and other assorted stuff like fancy serving dishes and dresser sets. These are all interesting -- but what am I supposed to do with them? They are all sitting around at the new house until I decide. We also hauled the extra snowblower from Locust Street to the new house. And, finally, a pickup truck load went to Waste Management either to be in the reuse area or to be trashed.

Meanwhile, they have started work on our new garage. One day this past week they came with heavy equipment to break up and haul out the old slab. The next day the guy who did the framing for the concrete for the new garage showed up at 7:30 in the morning. On Friday, they poured the new slab and apron. We're told that, weather permitting, they will build the new garage this coming week. After that the electrician will be coming in to get us power, lights, and outlets. Not yet scheduled are the people who will install the new garage door opener. Then that garage will be finished and we will have a moving day to get much of the clutter in our current garage transferred over.

I have a friend coming to visit this coming week. We plan to do things like hanging pictures and organizing in the house as well as the usual tourist things you do for visitors. In the past, we have binge watched various television series but all the ones we watched are over. I'm not sure what we will be watching but I'm sure there will be screen time. After having much of last week off, unfortunately my brother has to work almost every day this week. I'm sure my friend and I can work around his schedule and still do some fun things.

Read Last Week
Refuge for Masteminds by Kathleen Baldwin - review on Ms. Martin Teaches Media Sept. 8
Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold - reviewed this week
All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle - review on Inside of a Dog Sept. 9
The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner - review on Ms. Martin Teaches Media Sept. 11
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones - review on Ms. Martin Teaches Media Sept. 13
The Last Move by Mary Burton - review on Inside of a Dog Sept. 13

Currently
I just started A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess which is the second book in the Kingdom on Fire trilogy.

Next Week

These review books are next on the calendar:

Stolen Secrets by L. B. Schulman
Find Me by Tiffany Snow
Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh
The Hunt by Chloe Neill
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris
Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh

Reviews Posted
Iron Lake by William Kent Kruger
White Hot by Ilona Andrews
Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

See the pretty covers? I wanted print copies to go along with my Kindle copies of Anne Bishop's The Others series. Since I want matching books, I need to wait until the one published this Spring is published in paperback. I already have the Kindle copy.

Other new books:
 Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Wolf Hunt by Paige Tyler

New Review:
Her Last Goodbye by Melinda Leigh (Sept. 26)
Find Me by Tiffany Snow (Sept. 19)
The Last Move by Mary Burton (Sept. 19)
Osiris by Eric C. Anderson (Sept. 12)

What was your week like?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Book Review: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

White Hot
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy (Book 2)
Publication: May 30, 2017

Description: The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …

My Thoughts: The second Hidden Legacy novel was as compelling and the first and has left me aching for the third.

Nevada Baylor takes the case of Cornelius Harrison who wants to find out who caused the death of his wife. Normally the magical community in Houston has its own ways of dealing with this sort of problem. But the House Nari Harrison worked for is covering and threatens to blacken her reputation if Cornelius doesn't drop his inquiries.

Normally a case that would pit Nevada's small family run private investigation business would be too much for her to handle. But she takes the case because someone needs to stand up for Nari. Her investigation brings her back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan is one of the fiercest and scariest Primes in Houston and who is an object of romantic interest to Nevada even though she knows a romance with him would be a bad, bad idea.

The investigation quickly leads deep into House business and House goals and gets Nevada, Rogan, and others into the middle of a very twisty mess. It doesn't help that Nevada is hiding a Prime level talent of her own that makes her someone any House would want to control.

This twisty plot combines a romance that is hot enough to scorch the pages, a conspiracy with ruthless villains, and an evil grandmother with plans of her own for Nevada and her family. I loved the fast paced action, the romance, and the love and loyalty shown by Nevada and her family.

Favorite Quote:
"Maybe this isn't such a good idea. I don't know if I'll be able to sleep knowing that you're prowling in my house while I'm in my loft."

He rose, his face serious and harsh. "You will. You'll fall asleep fast and sleep soundly until morning, and then you'll get up and have breakfast with your family because I'll be prowling in your house tonight. And if anyone tries to interrupt your sleep and end your life, you have my word that they'll sleep forever."

That was the most romantic thing anyone had ever said to me. He meant it and would make every word of it come true.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Memes: White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Beginning:
A wise man once said, "A human mind is the place where emotion and reason are locked in perpetual combat. Sadly for our species, emotion always wins." I really liked that quote. It explained why, even though I was reasonably intelligent, I kept finding myself doing something stupid. And it sounded much better than "Nevada Baylor, Total Idiot."
Friday 56:
Rogan stepped toward me and gently draped the jacket over me. The heavy warm fabric felt heavenly on my icicle shoulders. He loomed behind me, grim and slightly scary.
This week I am reading White Hot by Ilona Andrews. It is the second book in the Hidden Legacy series. Here is the description from Amazon:
The Hidden Legacy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews continues as Nevada and Rogan navigate a world where magic is the norm…and their relationship burns hot

Nevada Baylor has a unique and secret skill—she knows when people are lying—and she's used that magic (along with plain, hard work) to keep her colorful and close-knit family's detective agency afloat. But her new case pits her against the shadowy forces that almost destroyed the city of Houston once before, bringing Nevada back into contact with Connor "Mad" Rogan.

Rogan is a billionaire Prime—the highest rank of magic user—and as unreadable as ever, despite Nevada’s “talent.” But there’s no hiding the sparks between them. Now that the stakes are even higher, both professionally and personally, and their foes are unimaginably powerful, Rogan and Nevada will find that nothing burns like ice …

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Iron Lake by William Kent Kruger

Iron Lake
Author: William Kent Kruger
Series: Cork O'Connor (Book 1)
Publication: Atria Books; Reprint edition (July 14, 1999)

Description: New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger joined the ranks of today's best suspense novelists with this thrilling, universally acclaimed debut. Conjuring "a sense of place he's plainly honed firsthand in below-zero prairie" (Kirkus Reviews), Krueger brilliantly evokes northern Minnesota's lake country—and reveals the dark side of its snow-covered landscape.

Part Irish, part Anishinaabe Indian, Corcoran "Cork" O'Connor is the former sheriff of Aurora, Minnesota. Embittered by his "former" status, and the marital meltdown that has separated him from his children, Cork gets by on heavy doses of caffeine, nicotine, and guilt. Once a cop on Chicago's South Side, there's not much that can shock him. But when the town's judge is brutally murdered, and a young Eagle Scout is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption, and scandal.

As a lakeside blizzard buries Aurora, Cork must dig out the truth among town officials who seem dead-set on stopping his investigation in its tracks. But even Cork freezes up when faced with the harshest enemy of all: a small-town secret that hits painfully close to home.

My Thoughts: The first Cork O'Connor mystery introduces him to audiences and tells an entertaining story about secrets hidden in a small Minnesota town. Cork is part Anishinaabe Indian, has friends and mentors in the tribe, but has been the sheriff of Aurora enforcing white men's laws. After a confrontation between whites and natives that caused him to kill a white resort owner, he lost a recall election. He has been deeply grieving which caused him to lose his marriage.

Cork has started a new relationship with Molly Nurmi but hasn't given up hope of rebuilding his marriage to Jo in order to keep his relationship with his children. When a woman in town asks him to help locate her missing son, Cork finds himself in an investigation that leads to the death of a prominent and heartily disliked judge, Minnesota militant groups, Indian casinos, and small town corruption and secrets.

I liked the setting. I liked Cork who was a man who fought for justice more than he fought for the law. I'll be reading more of the series which has now reached sixteen books.

Favorite Quote:
"I'm sorry," Cork said.

"Yeah." Parrant gave him a brief smile of thanks. But he was a man way on the other side of something terrible, and the look in his eyes came from far, far away.
I got this one in exchange for an honest review from  You can buy your copy here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Review: Penric's Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

Penric's Fox
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Series: Penric and Desdemona Book 3
Publication: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (August 7, 2017)

Description: Some eight months after the events of “Penric and the Shaman”, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald.  There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl.  When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.

My Thoughts: PENRIC'S FOX was an entertaining mystery set in the World of the Five Gods. Penric is a scholar and sorcerer who is getting used to being the carrier of a demon - Desdemona. When a temple sorcerer is murdered, Penric is called in to see if he can discover what happened to her demon. His friend Locator Oswyl is in charge of finding out who murdered the sorcerer but Penric gets involved in that part of the case too.

This novella is filled with wonderful world building as it creates a world with demons and animal spirits in a vaguely medieval setting. Penric is a great character. He is interested in learning everything and is madly inquisitive. I love his growing relationship with his demon which is not really the usual sort of relationship between sorcerers and their demons. Since Desdemona came to him in something of an accident, Penric is left to forge his own relationship. He didn't have any preconceived notions about "proper" relationships.

This novella, while the most recently published, is actually the third in what is currently a five story series. It made me want to go back and read the rest of the stories because I very much enjoy Penric, Desdemona and their adventures.

Favorite Quote:
It was a continuing wonder to him how much less, rather than more, freedom that acquiring a responsible authority gave to one. Not at all how he'd pictured his elders, so seemingly powerful. as a child.
Penric series:
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Adult and YA Teasers (August 15, 2017)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Teaser on Inside of a Dog:
"Is anybody there?" he tried again.

No voice answered except the bitter howl of the wind. Cork finished clearing the snow and got into his Bronco. As an afterthought he locked the doors. He waited a moment before driving away, trying one last time to see if anything moved among the trees.

Because he could have sworn someone there had called his name.
Iron Lake by William Kent Kruger

Teaser on Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
At the same time I began to understand why Lady Cecily might have entered into correspondence with this young man. Beneath his bland exterior lay a great deal of intelligence and -- and some other, less definable qualities.
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer