Friday, August 30, 2019

Reading Right Now! (221)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs -- I'm about 40% of the way through and I'm really enjoying it. I'm kind of hooked. Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance is just a thing that I really like reading. It's got werewolves, vampires, coyote walkers, and fae! Hoping to read more of this, maybe finish it before August is over, and then I'm definitely going to continue on with the series.

-- Rogue King (Inferno Rising #1) by Abigail Owen -- I got this for review from Entangled Publishing as an e-arc and I'm enjoying it too. I'm about 25%. It's another paranormal romance, it has dragon shifters and phoenixes. I'm into it. The beginning started a little rough, I wasn't sure, but the flow of it has gotten better the farther I've got into it. I think I'm in for a steamy time.

And that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

BLOG TOUR: Handle With Care (Shacking Up #5) by Helena Hunting

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Handle With Care by Helena Hunting. This is the fifth book in the Shacking Up Series. I was sent an e-arc for honest review. Thank you so much to St. Martin's Paperbacks and Helena Hunting for having me on this fun tour!

Title: Handle With Care (Shacking Up #5)
Author: Helena Hunting
Published by: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Released: August 27, 2019
Source: arc for review purposes from Publisher and Netgalley

Between his parents’ messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he’s been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother’s chagrin. But Lincoln’s bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman

Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she’s presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she’s that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn’t expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she’s forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Loved it! So cute, so steamy, so addicting! I really like what Helena Hunting can do with a romance. They are always cute couples, tons of chemistry, and all the drama I could ever want. Handle With Care was all those things I love and more.
I really liked our two characters of Wren and Lincoln. I liked their dynamic. I also enjoyed the corporate setting and all the obstacles that came with that. I was rooting for the two of them the whole time.
I have not read every book in the Shacking Up Series, but that didn't put me at a disadvantage. This worked perfectly well on its own. I wasn't struggling because I didn't know the backstory.
If you're looking for something romantic, I'd definitely recommend giving Handle With Care a read. I don't think you will be disappointed. 

Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.

Thank you so much for visiting my Blog Tour Stop for Handle With Care by Helena Hunting. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Paperbacks and Helena Hunting for having me on the tour and providing me with a free e-arc for honest review.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Review: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart

Title: Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale
Author: Lauren Myracle
Art by: Isaac Goodhart
Colorist: Jeremy Lawson
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2019
Source: Review copy from Netgalley and Publisher / Physical Copy from Library

Synopsis: Selina Kyle is fiercer than she knows. For 15 years, she's put up with her mother's string of bad boyfriends, but when Dernell, her mom's current beau, proves crueler than the others, Selina reevaluates her place in her home. There's no way Selina and Dernell can live under the same roof, and since Dernell won't leave, Selina must.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle (ttyl) and artist Isaac Goodhart comes a story about learning how to survive the world when you've been forced to abandon your home and finding allies in the most unexpected moments. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: Thank you to DC Comics and Netgalley for providing me with an early e-arc for honest review.
My favorite thing about Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale was the art. The art is beautiful. Isaac Goodhart did a fantastic job. I enjoyed the tones of blue and purple. It was just really pretty to look at. The story itself was just kind of mehh, ehh, it's all right.
Trigger Warnings for: self-harm, animal cruelty, domestic abuse, and suicide. Sheesh, that's a lot. I wasn't expecting this story to contain all those things. I mean, some of them fit the story, but some of them just seemed kind of randomly thrown in. So if any of those things bother you, this might not be the story for you.
Selina has a bit of a man-hate that goes on in this book, which is understandable considering the losers her mom brings home. One thing that I noticed that really bothered me is that it is never brought up that her mom is just as much at fault as her mean boyfriends are. Selina's Mom doesn't stand up for her, which makes her a bad mom in my book. She cares more about getting and having a man then her own daughter. The men that her mom dates are jerks, but that doesn't mean her mom should be let off the hook for letting them treat her daughter badly.
I didn't really like Selina in this book. She makes some pretty dumb decisions. She doesn't confide in people that could help her. She just does some pretty stupid stuff. She's also very prickly. I didn't enjoy her, and I don't really feel like the story gave me any reason to like her or root for her. She's also very cavalier about stealing, which I think sends a bad message. Sure, sometimes she's stealing to survive, but she also steals just for the fun of it.
The best thing about this graphic novel was the art. The story was just one big meh.


Friday, August 23, 2019

Reading Right Now! (220)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


Lock Every Door by Riley Sager -- I am over halfway through this book, and I'm really enjoying it. I'm hooked. I will say though, it hasn't scared me. I was kind of hoping for a haunted building kind of vibe, but it's not really giving me that so far. It's very fast-paced, very addictive, and I like it.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett -- This is a review copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley. I thought, maybe, I should be a good person and actually read my review books. I'm glad I picked this one from the virtual pile.
Looking at the cover, I was kind of thinking it would be a fantasy, but it's not. The synopsis even kind of tells you it's not, but the cover does make it look like one, at least to me.
This is a historical action adventure novel set in 1937. Theodora is the daughter of a treasure hunter. He hunts the treasure, she's confined to a hotel. Her father is in search of the Vlad "Dracula" magic bone ring, and other people are after it too. When her father goes missing, Theodora and an it's-complicated-friend-boy named Huck must travel through Europe to find him and maybe save him.
I'm really enjoying this. It's fun. If I was going to nitpick, I would say that it doesn't really scream historical fiction to me. They take a lot of trains and that mode of transportation can be historical, but nothing else really stands out as being 1937. It could just be that I'm bad at history and know nothing about 1937, but Theodora and Huck mostly act like pretty modern day people.
I believe this comes out September 3, 2019. I'm definitely excited to read more of it. I love the world traveling adventure of it, I love the Vlad "Dracula" subject matter. It's a lot of fun.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! Again, sorry I've been trash at posting and keeping the blog updated. I don't know what my problem is. What are you Reading Right Now!?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: I Hate Fairyland, Volume 4: Sadly Never After by Skottie Young and Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Title: I Hate Fairyland, Volume 4: Sadly Never After
Written and Drawn by: Skottie Young
Coloring by: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Lettering and Design by: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Edited by: Kent Wagenschutz
Logo Design by: Rian Hughes
Volume Four Book Design: Carey Hall
Additional Development: Jason Young
Published by: Image Comics, Inc. 
Released: 2018
Source: Library

Synopsis: What started as a normal, everyday, child-sucked-into-a-magical-land-to-fulfill-an-inane-quest has changed Fairyland forever. In the continuation of SKOTTIE YOUNG'S saccharine fantasy-satire, Gertrude hands over the spotlight to Larry, Duncan Dragon, and some of Fairyland's other supporting cast, misfits, and forgotten threats.

Collects issues 16 through 20. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I can't believe it's the end. I don't want it to be the end. Why does it have to be the end!?!?
This Volume was very fast. I think, but don't quote me, that it was shorter than all the other previous Volumes, and that's always a troubling sign for me. I want the last Volume to be the thickest of them all. I want the characters' last adventure to be big and epic, and comfort me as we go on one final journey together.
I'm very sad that I Hate Fairyland is over for the simple fact that I love it. This series is so fun, so violent, so colorful. I love the art style. It's just a good time to read. And its sense of humor throughout the whole series has been spot on.
This ending, I don't think it satisfied me completely. I felt like the humor wasn't as prevalent in this final Volume. And Gert, Poor Poor Gert, the way her story ended was just kind of depressing.
I'm going to miss I Hate Fairyland so much.
This can't be the end :(

Friday, August 16, 2019

Reading Right Now! (219)

Hi, it's me, an absolute potato. Remember how I apologized last week for having hardly any posts, welllll, I did worse this week. I just get in these little spells where I don't feel like posting anything. I won't promise that I'll do better next week, because I don't want to lie to you, but I do plan on trying.
So anyway, What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager -- I've been eyeing Riley Sager's books for a while. I fully plan on reading his previous two books, but I just happened to get my hands on this library copy and figured I should read it quick since it's new, and might be put on hold if I don't read it fast. I'm excited to read this! It sounds like a mysterious apartment building which are words that grab me. I've just read the first couple of chapters, and I'm already into it. Yes, I'm ready for this.

And in other news, I've had a pretty good reading month this week. I've finished 3 books!! That's a lot for me. Now granted, I had read a good chunk of the first two books in the previous week, but still, I feel accomplished. That's probably because I've been reading instead of doing my blog posts *uncomfortable laughter*

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading? Do you like Riley Sager's books? Let me know.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Reading Right Now! (218)

Okay, first I want to acknowledge that I've been awful with my blog this week. I mean, in my head I know it's my blog and that I can post whenever I want, but I still feel guilty when I don't post like I should. It's weird. So, this week I was just kind of lazy, which is a trait that I have. I just didn't feel like posting, so I didn't.
Anyway, What I'm Reading Right Now! is... (pssst it's multiple books at once and it's going okay. Not amazing speed, but okay.)


So, I've got Three Dark Crowns (#1) by Kendare Blake and I'm enjoying it. This started out kind of slowly, but it's picked up speed.
The Raging Ones (#1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie. This is a hard book to categorize in my head. It's weird, it's different, but I'm enjoying it. It's an odd experience. 
I am over halfway through all of these books, I've been reading five chapters of one, then moving on to five chapters of another. 
Fresh Romance, Volume 1 by a bunch of people, one of which is Sarah Kuhn, and I think she's the reason that this even came on my radar. I'd never heard of it before. It's a comic anthology of romance. So far, it's been okay. I've read two stories and the one called Ruined is the one I was most intrigued by. It is very colorful, but it's kind of meh at the same time.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?  

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Review: Goodbye Paris (Pono Hawkins #3) by Mike Bond

Title: Goodbye Paris (Pono Hawkins #3)
Author: Mike Bond
Published by: Big City Press
Released: June 2019
Source: arc from Publisher and Meryl Moss Media

Synopsis: Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins races from a Tahiti surfing competition to France when he learns that a terrorist he'd thought was dead, Mustafa al-Boudienne, may have a backpack nuclear weapon and plans to destroy Paris. Pono was once Mustafa's prisoner, and is now the only one left alive to identify him.
Joining forces with former allies from US, French and Russian intelligence, and with an intrepid and brilliant French agent, Anne Ronsard, with whom he soon falls in love, Pono sets out against impossible odds to catch and kill Mustafa and his terrorist cell before they can destroy the most beautiful city on Earth.
Another in the bestselling Pono Hawkins series after Saving Paradise and Killing Maine, GOODBYE PARIS is a hallmark Mike Bond thriller: alive, tense, exciting, and full of fascinating details and places. And that will keep you up all night. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I received an arc copy for honest review from the Publisher and Meryl Moss Media. Thank you so much to them for giving me the opportunity to read Goodbye Paris and share it.
I found Goodbye Paris to be a very average read. It didn't really grip me. For an action thriller, it was kind of a slow read. I'm not getting what makes Pono Hawkins so great or desirable? I'm not getting why all the women want to sleep with him. Why he would have three girlfriends at once.
I feel like this story was kind of bogged down with tangents. It didn't stay with the action. It didn't thrill me. When it did have action and chase things, it was fun, but it tended to get a little stagnant during the down time.
I thought it was a really interesting take on Paris as it is now. I don't think it's going to appeal to very politically correct readers because of how it illustrates how Paris has been taken over by Muslim Extremists, how the government really does nothing about it. 
The author seems very knowledgable of all these places and history, but he sometimes has a dull way of writing it.
I'm glad I got the chance to read Goodbye Paris. It was a good read. It might not be everyone's cup of tea. It offers a really interesting perspective of the takeover of Paris. The ending isn't exactly triumphant or hope filled, because the problem is still there. Just one of Hydra's heads has been cut off and many will grow back.
Thanks to the publisher and Meryl Moss Media for letting me give it a read for honest review.
Not Bad

Friday, August 2, 2019

Reading Right Now! (217)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

Three Dark Crowns (#1) by Kendare Blake -- I finally moved on from my two books of last week and started another one, yayy! I've heard so many good things about this series and I've always been interested, so I picked it up. I am thinking of maybe trying to read another book at the same time again, see if I can make it into a thing that I do.
But I'm only about 40 pages in to Three Dark Crowns, I've met two of the three queens, and I'm liking it so far. It's interesting. I think I can already tell that I'm going to have some trouble deciding which Queen I want to live.

In other news, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!! Yayy!! We're not going to talk about how old I am. I'm hoping for a good day. My poor little nephew hurt his foot, and my mom blames herself, soooo not exactly a party atmosphere at the moment.

Anyway, that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?