Livia Lone by: Barry Eisler

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Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalco

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Book #68 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

This is Kerri’s first book and it is the first YA title under the JIMMY Patterson imprint from Hachette Book Group.  This is listed as the first in the  Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I’m not sure how that is going to work.  This was a well written book and tied itself up very nicely in the end.  I’m curious to read the synopsis and title for book 2 when it is released.

Anyway, this book follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth who would rather be autopsying humans then learning how to be a proper lady and finding a husband.  She has taken to sneaking out of her house and helping her Uncle when he has bodies that need dissecting.  When a series of murders occur and there is a commonality among them, Audrey Rose is determined to find out who is behind these killings.  She doesn’t hesitate to get involved in the search for the killer and put herself into harm’s way.  She is literally Stalking Jack the Ripper.

There are some true descriptions in this book and obviously fictional details as well. This was an enjoyable, fast paced read.  I gave it to my daughter to read when she has the chance.

I give this book 4 crowns.

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Timeless by: Gail Carriger

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Book #67 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

This is the 5th book in the Parasol Protectorate series.  I listened to it on audio after I enjoyed the 4th book on audio.

In this last book of the series, we follow Alexia and her crazy crew to Egypt to try and uncover the mystery of the spreading of the God-Breaker Plague.  This book takes place about 3 years after the last one.  It was humorous and intriguing in it’s own way.  I will not go into detail about this book but it was a decent ending to this series.  I thoroughly enjoyed the audio books and would highly recommend them.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Unhinged by: A.G. Howard

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The is the second book in the Splintered series.  I am trying to find this series in hardback copies, as I only own the first.  I listened to this book on audio as well.  Firstly, look at this cover!  Gorgeous!

So without going into too much detail, this second book mostly takes place on earth as opposed to in Wonderland like the first book.  Some of the Wonderland creatures have made it to Alyssa’s world and she must decide what to do.  She is torn between remaining in her world and returning to Wonderland or some combination of both.  She has been keeping her secrets from family and friends and once again, she has to figure out what to do and who who to trust.

Yes, the love triangle still exists, but it is not one that is a turn-off like they usually are.  I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what happens next.

I give this book 5 crowns.

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Blood on the Tracks by: Barbara Nickless

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Synopsis from the publisher through Netgalley:

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

My Review:

I don’t normally read books about people who have come home from war and are messed up from it.  Suffering from PTSD is such a serious issue and I just can’t get into fictionalized stories about it.  For some reason, however, this book attracted my attention. I requested it from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and received an E-ARC.

This was an interesting mystery.  It was sad to read about veterans who come back messed up from their experiences but the story was well written.  It definitely kept my interest.  I loved the relationship between the main character Sydney Rose and her K9 partner Clyde.  It was touching to read about their love for one another.  The relationships between the other characters and Sydney were realistic as well.  Everything was most definitely not all sunshine and flowers between them and it was almost refreshing to read that.  Not all books have to have such happy endings with all parties.

I just noticed on Goodreads that this is listed as Sydney Rose Parnell #1, so I would be interested to read the next book to see what happens.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Cookbook Review: Big Bad Breakfast by: John Currence

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ABOUT BIG BAD BREAKFAST from PenguinRandomHouse.com

From the James Beard Award winner, Top Chef Masters contestant, and acclaimed author comes this fun, festive, and highly caffeinated ode to the joys and rituals of the Southern breakfast, with over 125 recipes inspired by the author’s popular restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi.

John Currence is one of the most celebrated and well-loved chefs in the South. Among his string of highly successful restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi, Big Bad Breakfast holds a special place in diners’ hearts: It is a gathering place where people from all walks come together to share the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Southerners know how to do breakfast right, and Currence has elevated it to an art form: dishes like Banana-Pecan Coffee Cake, Spicy Boudin and Poached Eggs, and Oyster Pot Pie are comforting, soulful, and packed with real Southern flavor. Big Bad Breakfast is full of delicious recipes that will make the day ahead that much better–not to mention stories of the wonderful characters who fill the restaurant every morning, and a meditation on why the Southern breakfast is one of America’s most valuable culinary contributions.

My Review:

John Currence’s resume is impressive and this cookbook is gorgeous.  My family and I LOVE breakfast.  One of our favorite things to do is to have breakfast for dinner and sometimes we need ideas to spice it up.  This is the perfect cookbook to do just that.

Not only does it contain some “basic” dishes like pancakes and french toast but it includes elevated versions of these classics.  I was also excited to see a section on condiments and cocktails.  Delicious!  The photographs that are included in this book add to the anticipation!  I can’t wait for Breakfast!

I give this cookbook 5 crowns.

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300 Things I Hope By: Iain S. Thomas Illustrator: Carla Kreuser

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Description form Goodreads:

From the creator of I Wrote This For You, comes a collection of 300 things that the author, Iain S. Thomas, and artist, Carla Kreuser, truly and sincerely hope for you – from hoping that you always have a pen, to hoping that you’re never lonely, and everything in-between. This collection of hope will move you and remind you of what’s important in life as you live it. Or at least, that’s what they hope.

My Review:

This is a very cute book that would be perfect as a stocking -stuffer for Christmas, a Hanukkah gift or a just because present.  Each page contains one sentence of things that are hoped for.  It is a spirit lifter and something that makes you smile.  The illustrations are simply drawn and if you wanted, you could color them in (whether or not that was the intention).

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily Book Blast & GIVEAWAY!!!!

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A while ago I read Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares and really enjoyed it.  I am happy to announce that there is a sequel being released on October 18th just in time for the holiday season!  The description shows that this could be a wonderful Christmas read!

Synopsis 
 

New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back with a life-affirming Christmas romance starring Dash and Lily.

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.

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What a gorgeous cover!  I can’t wait for the Holiday season!

Let’s meet the authors:

rachel Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Very LeFreak, You Know Where to Find Me, Cupcake, Shrimp, Gingerbread,and Beta. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Los Angeles. Find her online at rachelcohn.com.

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david David Levithan
David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including Another Day, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. You can learn more about him at davidlevithan.com.

GIVEAWAY INFO:

Giveaway is open to USA Only.   Must be 13+ to Enter
– 10 Winners will receive a Copy of THE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH & LILY by Rachel Cohn & David.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e849f7751103/

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Fractured by: Catherine McKenzie

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Description from the publisher through Netgalley

Luckiest Girl Alive by: Jessica Knoll

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Book #66 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

Once again, the hype of a book has drawn me in.  I have seen and heard good things about this book for a while now and was so excited to pick it up.  I didn’t know much about it and thought it was a thriller/ suspense book.  I still don’t know how to classify it though.

What the hell did I just read?  I am so confused.  I was lost for the first 200 pages. I felt there was no real story but I was determined to finish it because I bought this book.  So, let’s backtrack.  There was no real story, no plot until about 200 pages in.  The book itself is 352 pages and no book should keep a reader longing for a story until they hit page 200.

So, If I started reading at page 200 and based my review from there, it was an interesting story.  It could’ve been a great story if the first 200 pages disappeared.  The ending lead me back to my original feelings about the book.  I just didn’t like it.

I gave this book 1 crown.

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