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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To be Read & Currently Reading

Yeah, I know!  It has been quiet around here.  I have some time off work and have been busy getting stuff done and relaxing.  I have been reading but obviously not enough!  I also ended up getting a little addicted to a game....so that took up some reading time.

My normal reading pace will resume soon and I will have a lot of catching up to do!  Until then this is what is going on in my slow reading world!

Currently Reading :

This was on pre-order and went straight to the top of my reading pile.  I absolutely love this author and the first book in this series was amazing!   I have been waiting eagerly for a year for this next installment and I am loving it so far!

So why aren't I done yet?  It is a long book and I am finding that I need to take breaks to process everything that is happening.  How Olivia/Eden is managing with everything is beyond me but she is making some interesting decisions and the storyline is sooo exciting!  Oh and the Welsh twist is just the icing on the very tasty cake!

I already know that this one is going to get 5 stars from me and I am already upset that the next installment will most likely mean another year long wait.  However it is worth the wait and this was definitely worth the pre-order.  If you haven't tried this one yet then you really need to give it ago!

Currently Listening :


Just like I couldn't resist the second book in the Mudbug series I couldn't resist the third one.  I enjoyed listening to the series so far that I downloaded the next installment straight away.

I am enjoying this third installment as much as the previous books and I am really caught up in the story.   Unfortunately I listen to my audio books on the way to and from work...and I am home this week.  I keep meaning to listen to the book while doing chores but always forget.   I am however very eager to get back to listening to this one and I am pretty sure I will be going straight onto book four when I am done with this one.

I still can't believe I didn't come across this series earlier.  I know that this is a series I will be listening to over the upcoming weeks until I am all caught up.  Unless something in the style and concept changes there is a huge chance that my Summer audio experience is going to spent in Mudbug, Louisanna!

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Last week a few new releases I had on pre-order appeared on my Kindle!  I have already read a couple of them but I still have a couple on my pile.  It is really hard not to just read the new books and forget the rest of the 'To Be Read' Pile!

Hot ButtonMemory ZeroThe Midnight Witch

Death by the DozenPortrait of a Dead GuyQuick Study












Saturday, August 16, 2014

90) How the White Trash Zombie got her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

The Blurb :

It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends—and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction...

My Thoughts :

It has been a slow reading week and this book didn't help me.  I had this on pre-order because the series is original and fun...Oh and I love the author.   However this time around I wasn't really into it for a couple of reasons.  The story seemed to drag and take forever even at my fast reading pace and the direction of the story is just not what I expected.

Giving a book a bad review because I don't like the way the story is developing isn't my thing and there is a lot of great stuff in this fourth installment.  The concept and originality still grabs me as a reader but the whole big corporation against the little people is not what I was expecting from this series.  A nice mystery surrounding a body from Angel's workplace, the morgue, would have been cool but instead this book sends us to New York and on a very crazy load of kidnapping and strange developments.

The great writing style and the sassy zombie are still in there which kept me going to the end.  There are some great characters and some laughs but this fourth part didn't leave me as excited as parts one and two did.  I am not sure if I am the only person who isn't enjoying the route this series is taking and maybe it was just a one time thing and next time it will turn around and go in a different direction but I think next time I will leave the pre-ordering and just get the book if and when.

Still loving this author and still enjoying the concept but I am wary of the future.  Maybe I just wasn't in a good reading mood and this is the book that caught up in it but I won't know for sure unless I revisit this series again sometime.  I do actually want to try this one on audiobook so hopefully I will enjoy this one more a second time around.



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

89) Mischief in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

The Blurb :

Sabine LeVeche, orphaned at an early age, is in the middle of a medical crisis and needs to find a blood relative STAT. Luckily, she's got a sexy PI and one sassy but determined ghost on her side. Not so luckily, there's a murderer gunning for her just in case her illness doesn't kill her first.

My Thoughts :

To say I am enjoying my visit to Mudbug is an understatement!  I am absolutely loving it!  I couldn't wait to listen to this second installment and I was not disappointed in the continuing story of the Mudbug residents and all the secrets they hold.  However the Ghost-In-Law twist is just the icing on a very delicious story.

This time around the plot centered around Sabine's quest to find her parents.  The other characters from the previous book were all present except for Luc who only got mentioned.   However I suppose the new guy on the scene, Beau, is enough male hotness for one book.  Anyway it was great getting to catch up with Maryse again but even better to find out more about Sabine's story.  This actually turned out to be Mildred's story too and there is also some more details about Raissa who I believe will be the main character in the next book.

I loved the plot with its very interesting and dramatic twists and turns.  It could be seen as over the top but it made for great reading.  The author manages to make the story light and fun but also keep it serious.  I find myself shocked and amazed and then giggling the next as I listen to this well narrated audiobook.

My stay in Mudbug, Louisianna isn't over!  I am, as I type this, already putting the third installment onto my iPod.  I am loving this series so much that I can't stop myself from continuing.  This cozy paranormal mystery is a hoot and if you like Molly Harper's books then you will also love what Jana DeLeon has going on in Mudbug.  Well worth checking out and definitely worth listening to with Johanna Parker (Sookie Stackhouse Audibles) reading this story like a pro!



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Thursday, August 7, 2014

To Be Read & Currently Reading

This week has been a slow reading week.  I am listening to a new audio book while traveling to and from work but other than that I haven't really picked up anything.  I hope you are all having a good reading week and are enjoying the Summer with a few good books!

Currently Reading :

This is next up on my Kindle.  Diana Rowland has made me extremely happy with this series and I had this fourth installment on pre-order.  Somehow it managed to get lost on my to be read pile and I just realised it was still on there.

If you don't like zombies then this one isn't for you but if you like something different and like kick-ass witty female leading ladies then you really need to give this series a try.  This is a very original and cool series.

Currently Listening :


I couldn't resist the second book in the Mudbug series.  I enjoyed listening to the first book so much that I downloaded the next installment straight away.

This second part is turning out to be just as action packed, fun and interesting as the first book.  The Ghost-in-Law is still present but this time the story is told from Sabine's perspective and therefore revolves around her problems/love/mystery.

I can't believe I didn't come across this series earlier.  I am pretty sure that this is the series I will be listening to over the upcoming weeks until I am all caught up.  Unless something in the style and concept changes there is a huge chance that my Summer audio experience is going to spent in Mudbug, Louisanna!

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :

There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I need to read and review but because they don't release for another couple of months/weeks.

Last week a few new releases I had on pre-order appeared on my Kindle!  I have already read a couple of them but I still have a couple on my pile.  It is really hard not to just read the new books and forget the rest of the 'To Be Read' Pile!

Hot ButtonMemory ZeroThe Midnight Witch

Death by the DozenPortrait of a Dead GuyQuick Study












Wednesday, August 6, 2014

88) The Helena Diaries by Jana DeLeon

The Blurb :

Do you love Helena Henry?

Did you wonder what she was thinking during Trouble in Mudbug, or what she was up to when she was off-page in the novel?

If so, then this novella is for you. All of Helena’s thoughts and actions during Trouble in Mudbug, compiled in a diary for you to enjoy.

My Thoughts :

WARNING: This novella is a companion book to TROUBLE IN MUDBUG. You should not read this novella prior to completing Trouble in Mudbug. The novella contains major spoilers for the novel and would not make sense if read beforehand.

Believe the warning because this book would make no sense to anyone who has not read Trouble in Mudbug.  If you have already read the first book in the Ghost-in-Law series or maybe even further then think twice about reading this short story.  Usually I encourage fans to read these short stories that fit inbetween the ful length books but this one didn't really offer much to the series or my opinion of Helena.

A quick read this novella offers nothing new to the story or explain anything you can't read about in book one.  All this offers is a chance to see things from the otherside.  Helena's experiences as a ghost are amusing but nothing special stands out in her diaries.  After being really impressed by the first book I wanted to read this one to keep things in order.  However it was basically a recap of the story I had just finished.

Despite this one being a bit of a dud I already downloaded the second book in the series and already started listening to it.  The series really is fun and I recommend trying it but don't waste any money on this short piece.  Just nab it if it is free.



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